Ruben Drole



Ruben Drole was born in 1980 in Switzerland to Spanish-Slovenian parents.
Already during his studies at Musikhochschule Zürich with Jane Thorner Mengedoht, he was a prize winner of several singing competitions. 
Before he graduated with distinction, he was admitted to the International Opera Studio Zürich, and since season 2005/06 he has been engaged as a soloist at Zürich Opera House to perform immediately major roles such as Lucio Cinna (J.C. Bach’s Lucio Silla), Simone (La Finta semplice), Haly (L’Italiana in Algeri), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte with Nikolaus Harnoncourt/ Martin Kusej , recorded on DVD for Deutsche Grammophon).

Ruben Drole also participated in a Japan tour of Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Mozart’s Requiem and Händel’s Messiah with Concentus Musicus). Further projects with Harnoncourt include a CD production for Deutsche Grammophon, Beethoven’s Christus am Ölberg (Christ on the Mount of Olives) at Musikverein Vienna and Lucerne Festival as well as the Creation at Styriarte Graz. With the Cleveland Orchestra, he gave concerts in Cleveland, Frankfurt and Paris.

In the Zürich Cycle of Mozart/Da Ponte operas produced by Sven-Eric Bechtolf and Franz Welser-Möst, Ruben Drole participated as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Figaro. Other roles preformed in Zürich were the title part in Paisiello’s Barbiere di Siviglia, Argante in Rinaldo under the baton of William Christie and Wurm (in Luisa Miller). In summer 2006 he was guest at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence with Haly. In the concert field, he sang e.g. in Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Concertgebouw Orchestra and Ton Koopman, in Händel’s Israel in Egypt with Concerto Cologne and Emmanuelle Haïm as well as recitals within the series of Swiss Chamber Concerts. After his guest appearance in the title role of Le nozze di Figaro and as Guglielmo with Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst, he was re-invited to sing there Leporello. He had a big success as Kezal in the Bartered Bride at the Styriarte Festival under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, as Papageno at the Spoleto Festival in the USA and as La Trémouille in Walter Braunfel’s Heiliger Johanna at the Salzburg Festival. He gave his debut at Semperoper Dresden as Papageno.

Ruben Drole is cultural prize winner of the Pro Europa Foundation and the Carl-Heinrich-Ernst-Foundation, Winterthur.



Composer Work Role
Bach, J.C. Lucio Silla Lucio Cinna 
Beethoven Fidelio Minister 
Bizet Carmen Escamillo
Braunfels Heilige Johanna Herzog von La Trémouille 
Donizetti Elisir d'amore Belcore 
Donizetti Don Pasquale Malatesta 
Händel Rinaldo Argante 
Martinu Greek Passion Kostandis 
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Papageno 
Mozart Cosi fan tutte Guglielmo 
Mozart La Finta semplice Simone 
Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro Figaro 
Mozart Don Giovanni Leporello 
Paisiello Il Barbiere di Siviglia Figaro 
Puccini Manon Lescaut Commandante 
Puccini Madame Butterfly Sharpless 
Rossini L'Italiana in Algeri Haly 
Schubert Fierrabras Brutamonte 
Schumann Genoveva Hidulfus 
Verdi Luisa Miller Wurm 
Wagner Tannhäuser Wolfram 
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