Tanya Kruse Ruck
Adjunct Professor, Voice
MM (Vocal Performance)
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
BA Luther College
Tanya Kruse Ruck holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Cum Laude) from Luther College and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Kruse has been on the voice faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 2003 and maintains a small private studio out of her home. Previous to that she taught voice at Luther College. At UWM, she teaches voice lessons to classical singers as well as those training in musical theatre, Italian Diction for singers, Class Voice, Song Literature, Opera Workshop, and directs opera scenes. She will direct the opera production in the spring of 2012.
Recently, Kruse played La Contessa in The Skylight Opera Theatre’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro with much critical acclaim. Also at Skylight Opera Theatre, Kruse has been seen as Cio-Cio San (Puccini, Madama Butterfly) and Margaret (Carlson, The Midnight Angel). Some of her other favorite roles include Rusalka (Dvorák, Rusalka), Fiordiligi (Mozart, Così fan tutte), and Angelica (Puccini, Suor Angelica). She is a past winner of the Wisconsin District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Kruse has appeared twice as soloist with the Bel Canto Chorus (Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonnelle, Barber’s Prayers of Kierkegaard) and in a joint recital with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra principal clarinetist Todd Levy at the Pabst Theater. Recently, Kruse has sung the soprano solo in Verdi’s Requiem (with members of the Milwaukee Symphony), Strauss’s Vier letze Lieder, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Solemn Vespers, Schumann’s Spanische Liebeslieder, Vaughan-William’s Dona Nobis Pacem, Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5, and Handel’s Messiah.
In the spring of 2012, Kruse finished her presidency of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and previously was the vice president of that organization. During 2012-2013, Kruse will serve on a national membership committee for NATS, as appointed by the incoming NATS President. She was chosen as one of twelve teachers in the nation to participate in the NATS Internship Program in 2005. She is assistant director of the Metropolitan Opera Audition Committee for the Wisconsin Region.