Ruth-Margret Pütz, German coloratura soprano, Died at 89

Ruth-Margret Pütz was born in Margret Doerkes, on February 26, 1930, April 1, 2019.

She was a German operatic coloratura soprano and an academic voice teacher.

Ruth was a member of the Staatsoper Stuttgart for many decades and a frequent guest at the Vienna State Opera and appeared at other major international opera houses and festivals.

One of her signature roles was Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

Ruth is regarded as one of the leading coloratura sopranos of the 1960s.

Ruth took voice lessons with the baritone Berthold Pütz in her hometown.

In 1949 at age 18 Ruth was engaged as a beginner (Anfängerin) at the Cologne Opera, where she made her debut as the Page in Verdi’s Rigoletto.

In 1951 Ruth appeared as Gretchen in Lortzing’s Wildschütz and as Nuri in d’Albert’s Tiefland.

Ruth married Johannes Pütz that year and took her stage name.

From 1951 to 1957 Ruth was a member of the Staatsoper Hannover as a coloratura soubrette, singing roles such as Blonde in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio, and Adele in Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss.

Ruth took further voice lessons with Otto Köhler [de], who developed her voice to a coloratura soprano, allowing her to perform as Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss.

In 1957 Ruth appeared as a guest at the Staatsoper Stuttgart as Gilda in Rigoletto.

Ruth toured with the company to the Edinburgh Festival, where she appeared as Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and became a member of the Stuttgart Opera.

Ruth was successful there as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss, performed on 6 October 1962 for the reopening of the Kleines Haus of the Staatstheater, where the opera had received its world premiere 50 years earlier.

The presentation, led by Ferdinand Leitner and with Leonie Rysanek in the title job and Jess Thomas as Bacchus, was communicated live.

Ruth appeared in the title role of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and as Norina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, alongside Fritz Wunderlich as Nemorino and Raymond Wolansky [de] as Malatesta.

In 1965 Ruth took part in the world premiere of Antonio Bibalo’s Das Lächeln am Fuße der Leiter at the Hamburg State Opera, and in 1966.

Ruth sang in Stuttgart in the world premiere of Werner Egk’s 17 Tage und 4 Minuten, a revised version of Circe.

Ruth was named a Kammersängerin at age 29, then the youngest Kammersängerin in Germany.

Ruth appeared at the Bayreuth Festival from 1959 as a Flower Maiden in Parsifal and in 1960 also as the Forest Bird in Siegfried.

She passed away at 89 years old.