Ana María Ruimonte

Ana María Ruimonte, born and raised in Madrid, Spain, is a classical singer experienced in roles as both soprano and mezzo-soprano. 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 Chicago, US.  Ana María appeared numerous times on Spanish National Radio and Television (RTVE), and since relocating to the United States, has appeared on American and Cuban radio and television.

While 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 on the Owlsong label and performed in many cities in the US, Belgium, Netherlands, throughout Spain, in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel, Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba and elsewhere.  Excellent reviews have also been forthcoming in print, online and broadcast.

During 2015-16 Ana María presented several original programs at Opera America in New York City.  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.

During 2016 through 2020, Ana María and Alan Lewine undertook six successful tours of Cuba, performing in Salon Lecuona of the Gran Teatro de la Habana, the Sala Teatral of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana, the Museos de la Música in both Havana and Santiago de Cuba, the Sinagoga Centro Hebreo Sefaradi in Vedado, the Auditorio of the Biblioteca Nacional “José Marti”, Teatro Bertold Brecht, Pabiilón Cuba and the spectacular Teatro America in Havana, and several other locations.  Also, related to her recent Owlsong release Sencillamente Martí, celebrating the music of a variety of Cuban contemporary composers writing to the poetry of José Martí, Ana María appeared with Alan in Cuba in November 2019 as an invited featured performer for the Festival de Música Contemporánea.  She has presented her scholarly musical program The Era of Modernismo at CultureWorks in the Philadelphia Building in Philadelphia, the Museo Provincial in Cienfuegos, Cuba, Sala José White in Matanzas, Cuba and the Oratorio San Felipe Neri in Havana, Cuba.

Her bilingual multimedia theatrical spectacular about life and music in 17th century Spain, The Cart of Love (El Carro 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 Granada, 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.

Awards

2013 Finalist in the XV Concorso Lirico Internazionale Umberto Giordano competition in Lucera, Foggia, Italy, hometown of Umberto Giordano.

2017 Nominee for the prize Cubadisco (Cuba’s “grammy”) based on a limited Cuban pre-release of Rosas para Lecuona.

2019 Semi-Finalist Classical Singer competition in Chicago.

Discography

CDs

ANA MARÍA RUIMONTE: Secillamente Martí.  Art songs and arias by Cuban composers with lyrics by Cuba’s great poet and hero, José Martí, accompanied by maestro Huberal Herrera, on piano and members of Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Cuba.  Owlsong, 2019.

SOPRANO MEETS BASS: Sephardic Treasures.  Songs of medieval Spanish-Jewish (Sephardic) origin, arranged in a modern jazz/flamenco/classical/middle eastern fusion style. Owlsong, coming 2019.

ANA MARÍA RUIMONTE: Rosas para Lecuona.  Art songs and arias by Cuba’s greatest composer, Ernesto Lecuona, accompanied by maestro Huberal Herrera, who worked with Lecuona in the late 1950s, on piano.  Produced by Alan Lewine.  Owlsong, 2018

ANA MARÍA RUIMONTE: Alma y Vida de Mujer (Soul and Life of a Woman). Art songs and arias of the 19th – 21st Centuries, accompanied by Laurie Rogers on piano. Produced by Alan Lewine.  Owlsong. 2015.

OWLSONG: Sampler. Baroque songs, Arias, Soprano Meets Contrabass.  Owlsong. 2014.

ANA MARÍA DÍAZ: Arded, Corazón, Arded (Burn, Heart, Burn), Love Songs of the Spanish Baroque, accompanied by baroque guitar and cello.  Owlsong. 2014.

LUISA FERNANDA by MORENO TORROBA.  Principals: Plácido Domingo and Nancy Herrera conducted by Jesús López Cobos.  Deutsche Grammophon. 2006.

ILDEGONDA by EMILIO ARRIETA.  Principals: Carlos Álvarez, Ana María Sánchez, José Bros, Angel Rodríguez, Stefano Palatchi, Mariola Cantarero, Orquesta y Coro Titular del Teatro Real de Madrid, conducted by Jesús López Cobos. RNE-Radiotelevisión Española. 2005.

EL DÚO DE LA AFRICANA by MANUEL FERNÁNDEZ CABALLERO.  Principals: María Rodríguez, Guillermo Orozco, Luis Alvarez, conducted by Jesús López Cobos.  Deutsche Grammophon. 2004.

EL CENTRO DE LA TIERRA by ENRIQUE FERNÁNDEZ ARBÓS.  Principals: Milagros Martín, Emilio Sánchez, Luis Alvarez conducted by José Luis Temes.  Verso. 2004.

HENRY CLIFFORD by ISAAC ALBÉNIZ.  Principals: Aquiles Machado, Alessandra Marc, Carlos Alvarez, Ana María Martínez, Coro y Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid conducted José de Eusebio.  Decca. 2003.

 MARGARITA LA TORNERA by RUPERTO CHAPÍ.  Principals: Plácido Domingo, Elisabete Matos, Angeles Blancas, Stefano Palatchi, Angel Odena, María Rey-Joly conducted by García Navarro.  RNE- Radiotelevisión Española, 2002.

DVDs

PAGLIACCI AND CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA by LEONCAVALLO.  Principals: Vladimir Galopine, Maria Bayo conducted by Jesús López Cobos.  Opus Arte/Teatro Real. 2008.

LUISA FERNANDA by MORENO TORROBA.  Principals: Plácido Domingo and Nancy Herrera conducted by Jesús López Cobos and Emilio Sagi.  Opus Arte/Teatro Real 2007.

LA TRAVIATA by GIUSEPPE VERDI.  Principals: Norah Amsellem, José Bros, Renato Bruson conducted by Jesús López Cobos and Pier Luigi Pizzi.  Opus Arte/Teatro Real. 2006.

LA BOHÈME by GIACOMO PUCCINI.  Principals: Inva Mula, Aquiles Machado, conducted by Jesús López Cobos and Giancarlo del Mónaco.  Opus Arte/Teatro Real. 2006.

LA DOLORES by TOMÁS BRETÓN.  Principals: Enrique Baquerizo, Cecilia Díaz, Elisabbete Matos, Stefano Palatchi, conducted by Ros Marbá.  RA7/Teatro Real. 2006.

EL DÚO DE LA AFRICANA by MANUEL FERNÁNDEZ CABALLERO.  Principals: Luis Alvarez, Trinidad Iglesias, Guillermo Orozco, Javier Ferrer, María Rodríguez conducted by Jesús López Cobos.  RA7/Teatro Real De Madrid. 2005.

DON GIOVANNI by WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART.  Principals: Carlos Alvarez, María Bayo, José Bros, Sonia Ganassi conduced by Víctor Pablo Pérez.  Opus Arte/Teatro Real. 2005

TOSCA by GIACOMO PUCCINI.  Principals: Daniela Dessì, Fabio Armiliato, Ruggero Raimondi conducted by Maurizio Benini.  Opus Arte/Teatro Real. 2004.

MERLIN by ISAAC ALBÉNIZ.  Principals: David Wilson-Johnson, Stuart Skelton, Eva Marton, Carol Vaness conducted by José de Eusebio.  Opus Arte/BBC. 2004.

BLU-RAY

LA BOHÈME by GIACOMO PUCCINI.  Principals: Inva Mula, Aquiles Machado, conducted by Jesús López Cobos and Giancarlo del Mónaco.  Opus Arte/Teatro Real. 2010.

LUISA FERNANDA BY MORENO TORROBA.  Principals: Plácido Domingo and Nancy Herrera conducted by Jesús López Cobos and Emilio Sagi.  Opus Arte/Teatro Real 2009.

The Artists

Soprano Meets Bass

Presents

Sephardic Treasures

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