Ruth Hopkins read Music at Somerville College, Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London. Her postgraduate studies in London and Birmingham were supported by the Dame Felicity Lott Bursary and Kathleen Nixon Award. During her studies, she won the Corton-Hyde Early Music Competition and the Ambache Women Composers’ Performance Competition.
A versatile Soprano, she particularly enjoys early and contemporary repertoire as well as theatrical and operatic work. Roles have included Romilda (Xerxes), Alcina (Alcina), Cupid (Orpheus in the Underworld), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), 1st Witch (Dido & Aeneas), Chicken (Cunning Little Vixen), Sandman (Hansel & Gretel), Sem (Noyes Fludde) and Eloise (Entr’act by Alex Patterson).
International engagements include the Liszt Academy Museum and Zsolnay Cultural Quarter (Hungary), Port Cultural Cetate (Romania), the Banff Centre (Canada), the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt). UK venues include St Martin-in-the-Fields, Kings Place, Symphony Hall, Cadogan Hall’s Culford Room and a live broadcast on Radio 3 from the Southbank Centre.
She regularly premieres new music as a soloist and with Thumb Ensemble. Projects have included premieres at LSO St Lukes Soundhub for Robert Szymanek and Phillip Venables, Edmund Hunt’s prize-winning Ginungagap conducted by Edwin Roxburgh, and Nicholas Stuart's The Canal for Leeds Lieder Festival. In recital, she has collaborated with pianists Duncan Appleby, Asako Ogawa and Robin Bowman. She also enjoys working with lutenists Sam Brown, Richard MacKenzie and Toby Carr.
As director of K'antu Ensemble, she has recorded two albums Dancing & the Divine and Gusto, which have featured on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction, BBCWM Introducing, Resonance FM's LSO Soundhub and in Early Music Today Magazine. They were invited to open Göttingen International Handel Festival’s Historische Reihe Series in Germany in 2015 and forthcoming performances include their debut at the Bridgewater Hall.
She is currently holds a Fellowship with Live Music Now and has been generously supported by a Help Musicians UK Emerging Excellence Award & Career Development Bursary, the Feeney Fellowship and an Alice Horseman Award.