Prof. Martina Rüping

The German soprano won first prizes at several international singing competitions, for example at the International Coloratura-Singing Competition in Stuttgart. She was also awarded a first prize by the Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council).

Martina Rüping teaches the artistic major in Singing at the Rostock University of Music and Drama. Her singing class received the Carte Blanche Prize in 2018. She was awarded an honorary professorship from hmt Rostock in October 2022.

She is a member of the jury at the International Competition of Singing and Piano Duets “Three Centuries of Classic Romance” in St. Petersburg and gives regular international masterclasses, e.g. for students at the “N.A. Rimski-Korsakow” Conservatory in St. Petersburg.

Thanks to her countless engagements on the stages of major international opera houses and concert halls, she has gained first-hand experience of what professional singers need. She combines traditional singing techniques with the Lichtenberger Method, stage experience and physiology of the voice. In so doing, she places special emphasis on developing and strengthening the individual voice character of her students.

Martina Rüping is internationally renowned as a celebrated performer of works by Handel, Mozart and Richard Strauss. She has sung roles such as Zerbinetta, the Queen of the Night, Gilda, Blonde, Susanna, Ännchen (Freischütz), Sophie (Rosenkavalier) and many others at the state operas in Munich, Berlin and Stuttgart, in Paris, Rome, Helsinki, Tokio, Hong Kong, at the Los Angeles Opera, and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

Rüping was a member of the soloist ensemble of the Bayreuth Festival for nine consecutive years. She collaborates with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Kent Nagano, Marek Janowski, Peter Schneider, Edo de Waart, and Daniele Gatti.

The German soprano has shone in concerts performed at Europe’s most important concert halls, for example, she sang the soprano soloist role in “Carmina Burana” under Riccardo Muti at the Teatro alla Scala Milano or in “The Creation” by Joseph Haydn under Philippe Herreweghe at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. She spent further spells as a singer at the concert halls in Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Munich, Stuttgart, and Berlin.

Martina Rüping is a regular guest for various radio and television broadcasters, where she performs in numerous recordings and live broadcasts. For example, she performed in Radio 4 Nederland’s TV production of the opera “Flammen” by Erwin Schulhoff under Edo de Waart at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, or the Richard Strauss opera “Des Esels Schatten” under Otto Tausk and Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. John Passion” with the Rotterdam Filharmonisch Orkest under Jan Willem de Vriend. She sang the role of 1st Flowermaiden in Wagner’s “Parsifal” for Radio France in Paris. She sang the leading female role in Deutschlandradio’s production of Dvořák’s oratorio “The Spectre’s Bride”.

Furthermore, Rüping contributed to numerous CD productions, for example “Der Zwerg” (EMI), “Die Gezeichneten” (DECCA), “Das Christ-Elflein” (BR), "Parsifal" (Challenge Records), and “Das Christ-Elflein” (JPC). In 2016, JPC released the first recording of the operetta “Polnische Hochzeit" conducted by Ulf Schirmer and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra with Martina Rüping in the leading female role.

Lied singing plays an important role in the singer's artistic work. Her programme “The Prettiest Girl in Vienna” with songs by Alma Mahler that she performed at the Gergiev Festival Rotterdam and in Bayreuth was broadcast live on Radio 4 Nederland at the Festival Classique in The Hague.