Ana María Ruimonte, “The Spanish Mezzo&Soprano” currently lives in Philadelphia though she was born and lived until recently in Madrid. She studied at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música and then obtained in 2006 her Bacherlor’s Degree in Music as a classical singer at Spain’s leading vocal conservatory, the Escuela Superior de Canto, then continued her studies in Nuremberg (Germany), Philadelphia and New York.
Ana María Ruimonte obtained the title of “Titulada Superior de Actividades Artísticas””Contralto Singer” from the Spanish Ministery of Education, Culture and Sports.
Ana María Ruimonte works with her husband, jazz musician and composer, Alan Lewine, as president of Owlsong Productions, Inc.
Ana María Ruimonte is a member of Opera America in New York and Early Music America, and in Spain to the Asociación de Intérpretes y Ejecutantes, AIE, Sociedad General de Autores de España, SGAE, Mujeres en la Música, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment.
Ana María Ruimonte has appeared throughout Europe and the U.S., including regularly with the National Orchestra and Chorus of Spain, and before that with the Royal Opera at Teatro Real performing with many of the world’s biggest stars (e.g., Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé) and has appeared on several opera DVDs, on Spanish National Radio (RNE) and CDs on the Deutsche Grammophon and other labels. Since arriving full time in the US in late 2013, she has performed in Andrea Chènier in Philadelphia and Carmen in New York City and in recitals as soloist and with Ensemble OWLSONG. She performed with the maestro Huberal Herrera in La Habana (Cuba) and Santiago de Cuba the recital “Roses for Ernesto Lecuona”. The new CD will be available during the summer 2017.
Ms. Ruimonte has three solo CD releases in 2016, and completed a European tour of Spain, Belgium and Holland in late 2014. She performed in the Middle East in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in March 2015. The CD “Sephardic Treasures” will be available in summer 2017, featuring original arrangements for classical singer and jazz with Spanish flamenco guitar and oriental percussion.
She performs regularly recitals and concerts, singing with piano accompaniment in Spain including at the Ateneo de Madrid, Teatro Principal of Burgos, at the Teatro Carrión in Valladolid and in Philadelphia, and in La Habana and Santiago de Cuba, and with a chamber orchestra in Sigüenza, La Mancha, Spain, and Philadelphia and Washington D.C. in the United States. Ana María Ruimonte has appeared elsewhere in Europe and the U.S., including at the Garibaldi Theatre in Lucera (Foggia) and l’Auditorium de la Cordata of Milan in Italy, and as part of a “Vocal Chamber Music” concert at the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, PA, at the Ethical Society with the Munier Orchestra of Mandolines and Guitars, at the Rittenhouse Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia, in Rock Hall at Temple University, in Opera America in New York, at the Museo Nacional de Bellas de Artes of Havanna and at the “Sala Lecuona” of the Gran Teatro “Alicia Alonso” de La Habana, Cuba, “Museo de la Música” in Santiago de Cuba, at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
Ana María Ruimonte performed La Vida Breve by Manuel de Falla at Lincoln Center in New York City, Votivkirche and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Staatskapelle in Dresden, Halle aux Grains in Toulouse, Palatul Parlamentului in Bucharest, Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Teatro Calderón in Valladolid, Auditorio in Cuenca, Auditorio Nacional de Música of Spain, Theater Carlos V in Granada, and the Teatro Real in Madrid.
Ms. Ruimonte performed “Une immortelle” (mezzosoprano) of the Requiem des Fleurs by Büsser at the Auditorio Nacional of Spain under the direction of maestro Joan Company, and as part of the Ibero-American Voices Series directed by Mireia Barrera and at the Sala Reina Cristina in Málaga, Spain, among her performances that have been broadcast on Spanish National Radio (RNE). She sang the title role in “Maravilla” by Moreno Torroba at the Casa de Vacas in the Retiro of Madrid.
At the Teatro Real in Madrid Ana María Ruimonte worked as a mezzosoprano for several years with renowned opera singers such as Plácido Domingo, Raina Kabaivanska, Edita Gruberova, Montserrat Caballé, Renato Bruson, Dolora Zajick, Luan de Voll, and conductors and directors including García Navarro, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jesús López Cobos, Giancarlo del Monaco, Emilio Sagi, Hugo de Ana, Pier Luigi Pizzi and Herbert Wernicke.
In February 2013, Ana María Ruimonte was a finalist in the XV Concorso Lirico Internazionale Umberto Giordano competition in Lucera, Foggia, Italy, hometown of Umberto Giordano.
From September through December 2013, Ana María Ruimonte performed several concerts in Spain, including the War Requiem by Benjamin Britten, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff and Beethoven’s 9th, conducted by Frühbeck de Burgos during his eightieth birthday concert, with the Orquesta y Coro Nacional de España (OCNE) in Madrid.
Ana María Ruimonte released in February 2014 a CD on the Owlsong label of Spanish baroque songs titled Arded, corazón, Arded (Burn, Heart, Burn), cdbaby.com/cd/anamariadiaz accompanied by cello and baroque guitar, recorded in Madrid (Spain) and masterized in Philadelphia. This CD commemorates the 400 birthdays of Juan Hidalgo, the first composer of a Spanish Opera, and of the portrait painter Juan Carreño, both born in 1614, Sound and Imagen of the Spanish Golden Century. It has been catalogued at the Biblioteca Nacional de España in Madrid with the code XX (5510118.1) in June and at the Free Library of Philadelphia in March 2016, and it is also at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
Ana María Ruimonte has created a spectacle around the Spanish baroque with puppets and multimedia projections titled The Cart of Love.
She received her most recent private classes with Benita Valente in Philadelphia, and Ira Siff in New York.
Ana María Ruimonte belongs to Ensemble OWLSONG with Alan Lewine, performing original arrangements of arias and songs for Spanish mezzo&soprano and jazz contrabass. They have performed occasional concerts around the country, and Europe, including in Malvern (Pennsylvania), the Convention of the International Society of Bassists at Eastman School of Music in Rochester (New York), American University in Washington D.C., Truth and Consequences (New Mexico), Wilmington (Delaware), in Philadelphia, in Tucson (Arizona), in Fort Collins (Colorado), in Ithaca (New York), in Spain in the last 2014 tour in Granada, Madrid and Sigüenza and in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israel, in 2015, in New York for the Latino American Cultural Week 2015, at Opera America in New York and at Cubadisco 2016 at the “Sala Lecuona” of the Gran Teatro de La Habana “Alicia Alonso”.
Ana María Ruimonte released a CD of arias, romanzas, songs in 2015 titled Alma y Vida de Mujer (The Soul and Life of a Woman) . A new CD titled Sampler contains several samples of all this music, and it is already catalogued at the Biblioteca Nacional de España in Madrid with the code XX (5510339.1).
The new CD “Roses for Ernesto Lecuona” with the piano accompaniment by maestro Huberal Herrera will be released during the summer 2017. This CD was recorded in La Habana and masterized in Philadelphia.
In March and April 2014, she took part of the performances of Andrea Chénier by Giordano in Philadelphia, conducted by Yoonhak Baek. She performed Carmen by Bizet in the role of Frasquita in September in New York City, Park Slope – Brooklyn, conducted by Samuel Kardos.
During 2016, she performed regularly at Opera America in 330 Seventh Ave in New York, during “Ana María Ruimonte’s Manhattan Series” 2016, with the generous collaboration of Asociación de Artistas, Intérpretes y Ejecutantes de España, AIE and Owlsong Productions.