Fee Suzanne de Ruiter (1997) currently studies in Munich for her Master of Opera at the Theaterakademie August Everding in the Prinzregententheater, with Professor Daniela Sindram. The glamorous “Wiener Operetten Soirée” was a festive season opener, and soon followed by Christian Jost’s opera “Rote Laterne”, with which Fee Suzanne made her debut in the big hall of the Prinzregententheater with das Münchner Rundfunkorchester.
Last year the Dutch mezzo-soprano graduated cum laude from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, as a student of Professor Sasja Hunnego. Three months later she debuted the role of Cherubino during the Berlin Opera Festival 2021.
At the age of 21 Fee Suzanne sang her first role at the Dutch National Opera in Pierre Audi’s megalomaniac festival “aus LICHT”, in which highlights of Stockhausen’s opera cycle LICHT were displayed. She performed the role of “Muschi” in “EVAs LIED”, a scene from Stockhausen’s opera “MONTAG”.
Apart from opera, Fee Suzanne also specialises in Art Song repertoire, which she performs with her duo-partner, pianist Gulmira Issabekova. They have been providing recitals at home and abroad for 5 years, at occasions like: the Grachtenfestival, Operadays Rotterdam, the “Young Virtuosi” festival in Ljubljana, Vondelpark Open Air Theatre, “Art in the Living room” and at exhibitions in multiple museums.
Fee Suzanne de Ruiter and Gulmira Issabekova have been a duo since 2017. In that year, they won the Publieksprijs (audience award) and the Classic Young Master Award from young talent program Classic Young Masters, and they’ve been playing together ever since. They have played, among others, at Grachtenfestival, Operadagen Rotterdam, Vondelpark Openluchttheater, Het Weekend van de Romantische Muziek (weekend of romantical music), Kunst in de Kamer (art in the room), and the Young Virtuosi Festival in Ljubljana.
The repertoire they play ranges from Russian romances, French mélodies, German Lieder and contemporary music, to the standard and less standard arias. Not only has their strong, mutual musical sensibility been praised, but also the matching temperament with which they immediately take the audience with them.
Gulmiria works in The Hague as solo pianist, accompanist and piano teacher. She received her bachelor’s in piano at the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory and continued studying at the Royal Conservatory in The Hauge in the class of Naum Grubert.
Every so often Gulmira travels to Munich and Fee to Amsterdam so they can continue giving concerts together. In the spring and summer they performed recitals for the Monet Stichting (the Monet Trust), the Rosa Spier Huis (Rosa Spier House), Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival) and Weekend van de Romantische Muziek (Weekend of Romantic Music).