Ana María Ruimonte
Ana María Ruimonte, born and raised in Madrid, Spain, is a classical singer experienced in roles as both soprano and mezzosoprano. She obtained her degree at Spain’s leading vocal conservatory, the Escuela Superior de Canto of Madrid in 2006, and studied further in Nuremberg, Philadelphia and New York. She was a finalist at international competitions in Foggia, Italy and Classical Singer in the US. Ana María appeared numerous times on Spanish National Radio and Television (RTVE) during this period.
As a resident singer with Madrid’s Teatro Real (Royal Theater), Ana María shared the stage with most of the biggest stars of the opera world, such as Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé and Dolora Zajick, appearing on opera CDs released by Deutsche Grammophon and other major labels. She also appeared on several major European DVD and BluRay releases and frequently on Spanish national television.
Later, she spent some years as a full-time tenured member of the National Chorus and Orchestra of Spain (OCNE) with whom she toured the world with famed conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, including appearances in 2009 at Lincoln Center in New York.
Since relocating to the US in 2012, Ana María has released 4 CDs and performed in many cities in the US, Belgium, Netherlands, throughout Spain, Israel in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Havana and Santiago de Cuba and appeared on Spanish, American and Cuban television and radio. Excellent reviews have also been forthcoming.
Ana María has performed annually by invitation since 2016 as part of the International Festival Cubadisco and recorded for the Owlsong label with piano maestro Huberal Herrera (“El Lecuonista”), members of Cuba’s National Symphony Orchestra and various others among Cuba’s best classical musicians and with Alan Lewine.
Ana María’s current projects include working with Alan Lewine to finish production of Sephardic Treasures (Tesoros Sefardíes), a new CD from Soprano meets Bass, their joint ensemble including on the recording Spanish flamenco guitarist Julián Vaquero, and Spanish flamenco and jazz percussionist Victor Monge, Israeli percussionist Shai Wetzler, jazz trumpeter Duane Eubanks, Israeli flutist Hadar Noiberg, Spanish pianist Chano Dominguez and other special guests in an exciting fusion of medieval/jazz/classical/flamenco/mid-eastern music; finishing production on Sencillamente Martí, celebrating the music of a variety of Cuban contemporary composers writing to the poetry of José Martí, and preparing to return to Cuba in November 2019 as an invited guest performer for the Festival de la Música Contemporánea.
Her bilingual multimedia theatrical spectacular about life and music in 17th century Spain, The Cart of Love (El Carrod del Amor), continues in development, and has already been honored with a featured performance including at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, at Casa de Alba in Havana Cuba, at Palacio de los Olvidados in Granda, Spain and other places around the world. With renowned bassist/arranger Alan Lewine and Soprano Meets Bass, she helped develop and sings the concerts 9 Centuries of Music in About An Hour and Sephardic Treasures. They have performed these programs and others in Israel, Cuba, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands as well as throughout the United States.
Ana's Recent Albums
Con Rodrigo en Cuba
Ana María Ruimonte & Huberal Herrera
Travel with the music from Havana to old Spain. There in Havana, how could it be possible that those scores could take us to so many diverse parts of beautiful Spain and to nostalgic times with friendly people? The sounds of nature, birds and flowers.
Passionate songs by Cuba's greatest composer, Ernesto Lecuona, performed by his leading interpreters in a 5 star reviewed collection and recipient of Akademia award for best Latin song and submitted for Cubadisco award and presented at Cubadisco.
Alma y Vida de Mujer
Ana Maria Ruimonte
Songs, mostly in Spanish, but also French, Italian, German and English from the traditions of opera, zarzuela, American musical theater and contemporary Spanish art songs and arias revealing the many facets of The Soul and Life of a Woman.
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