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Ruth Golden

Director of Vocal StudiesProfessor of Music

B.A., University of California, BerkeleyM.M., University of Southern CaliforniaEd.D.C.T., Teachers College, Columbia University (in progress)


Ruth Golden was a leading soprano at the New York City Opera from 1985-1991 and is currently professor of music and director of vocal studies at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. Under the direction of Beverly Sills, Miss Golden appeared at New York City Opera as Mimi in “La Boheme,” Marguerite in “Faust,” and both First Lady and Pamina in “The Magic Flute,” among others. In concert, she appeared at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Ravinia Festival and the Aspen Music Festival, and with the Orchestra Pasdaloup in Paris, Chartre and Rheims. Miss Golden’s students have gone on to study and perform with top companies, institutions and programs, including The Metropolitan Opera, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the New York City Opera, the Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, San Francisco Opera Merola Opera Program, Fort Worth Opera, Lake George Opera, the Manhattan School of Music, the New England Conservatory, Boston University and the Music Academy of the West. In addition, Miss Golden has presented classes for the Julliard School, McGill University, the University of California, the New York Singing Teachers Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Miss Golden is an active member of the Metropolitan Opera Council Adjudication Panel.


Voice Performance, Vocal Pedagogy, Song Literature, Opera History and Performance


  • “The Best of Barber,” Decca Records (2000)
  • “Silent Noon: The Songs of Ralph Vaughan Williams,” Koch International Classics (1993)
  • “My Own Country: The Songs of Peter Warlock,” Koch International Classics (1992)
  • “Twilight Fancies: The Songs of Frederic Delius,” Koch International Classics (1992)
  • “MasterClass with Elizabeth Schwarzkopf,” PBS Special


  • New York City Opera
  • Washington Opera
  • Opera Theatre of St. Louis
  • Oratorio Society of New York, Carnegie Hall
  • Aspen Music Festival
  • Ravinia Festival
  • Songfest Festival
  • University of Southern California
  • University of California
  • University of Michigan


  • Recipient, Van Lawrence Fellowship Award, The Voice Foundation
  • Recipient, William Sullivan Awards
  • Recipient, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Award
  • Recipient, San Francisco Opera Merola Opera Program Scholarship
  • Outstanding Master Student: Vocal Arts, University of Southern California


  • Member, National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • Member, Metropolitan Opera Guild
  • Former Member, American Guild of Musical Artists (honorable withdrawal)

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