A BBC New Generation Artist and Winner of both First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2009 Handel Singing Competition, Ruby Hughes made her debut at the Theater an der Wien in October 2009 singing Roggiero in Tancredi, returning as Fortuna in L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Other companies with whom she has worked include Buxton Festival Opera, Classical Opera, the Early Opera Company, English National Opera, Garsington Opera at Wormsley, Der Lautten Compagney, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sansoucci, Musikwerkstatt Wien and The Opera Group.
In concert, she has sung under conductors including Steuart Bedford, Arie van Beek, Frieder Bernius, Avner Biron, Douglas Boyd, Jonathan Cohen, Laurence Cummings, Paul Daniel, Paul Goodwin, Andrew Gourlay, HK Gruber, Pablo Heras-Casado, Philippe Herreweghe, Wolfgang Katschner, Robert King, Raymond Leppard, Juanjo Mena, Marc Minkowski, Ian Page, Philip Pickett, Daniel Reuss, Andreas Spering, Christoph Spering, Philipp von Steinaecker, Takuo Yuasa and Johannes Wildner. Newly released recordings include Wie freudig ist mein Herz (Bach Cantatas) on Fra Bernardo and Montsalvatge Sinfonia da Requiem on Chandos.
She appeared with Julius Drake at the 2012 West Cork Chamber Music and will return in 2013. Current engagements include Ella In the Locked Room for Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales; J. S. Bach Magnificat and Handel Dixit Dominus at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées; Crudel tiranno Amor with Arte dei Suonatori in Copenhagen and London; Messiah with the Dunedin Consort, the London Handel Players and the Ulster Orchestra; Maxwell Davies The Devils Suite with the BBC Concert Orchestra; The Indian Queen with Le Concert Spirituel; Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 3 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Christmas Concerts with the Bremen Philharmonic and a Wigmore Hall recital with Julius Drake.