Soprano Dru Rutledge is a Portland, Oregon based singer who is in demand across the United States for her "rich-voiced tone" and "vocal fireworks". Her 2015/16 season began with her return to Miami for Pulse: Late Night at the New World Symphony under conductor Christian Reif and alongside special guest DJ Le Spam and the Spam Allstars. Rutledge returns this season to the Broadway Rose Theatre Company for A Taffeta Christmas in December, followed by her return to the Portland Opera for Mozart's The Magic Flute in May. On the concert stage she can be seen this July in the Portland Gay Men's Chorus' presentation of The Divas, and with the Portland Columbia Symphony for The Maestro Show. Rutledge finishes her season this summer with the Clackamas Repertory Theatre as Marian Paroo in The Music Man.
Rutledge's 2014/2015 season began with her return to the Portland Gay Men's Chorus as The Mother/Mrs. Rosenblat on Andrew Lippa's I am Harvey Milk, followed by her return to Portland Opera as guest soloist for Portland Opera Presents: The Great American Songbook - Unsung Women of the Great American Songbook. Dru also made her debut with Portland's Hungry Opera Machine for Four, Salt, and Moonbeams: A Gypsy Jazz Opera, and finished the season as Laurie in Broadway Rose Theatre Company's production of Oklahoma! Additional recent performances include with Mock's Crest in Portland as Celia in Iolanthe and to the Clackamas Repertory Theater as Julie in Carousel. A sought-after soloist, she has performed with the New World Symphony in Miami for Pulse: White Out the New World Symphony, the Oregon Symphony for the Oregon Premiere of Distant Worlds, and as soloist for BodyVox's Body Opera Files.
A frequent performer with Portland Opera, Dru has been seen as Papagena and the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and the Mother in Hansel and Gretel with Portland Opera To Go, as well as mainstage performances in Lucia di Lammermoor, Falstaff, and Turandot. Dru has appeared with the Wichita Grand Opera as Josephine in HMS Pinafore and Gianetta in L'elisir d'amore, as well as Mme. Silverklang in The Impresario with Lyric Opera of Wichita. A frequent performer of operetta, she has recently been seen with Mock's Crest as Ida in Die Fledermaus and Gianetta in The Gondoliers. On the concert stage, Dru has appeared with the New World Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Gay Men's Chorus, and Portland Opera for their Big Night Gala.
Equally at home in the musical theater repertory, Dru has performed with the Clackamas Repertory Theater as Laurey in Oklahoma! and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. Additional performances include Betty Haynes in the Lakewood Theatre's production of White Christmas, Mrs. Hopkins in My Fair Lady with the Broadway Rose Theater, and in the ensemble of Sweeney Todd with Portland Center Stage.
A member of AGMA since 2013, Dru received her master's degree in opera performance from Wichita State University and her bachelor's degrees in theater and voice performance from Emporia State University.