"The tenor James Ruff brought a virile voice and dignity to the role of Daniel, held captive by King Belshazzar..." - The Play of Daniel - Trinity Church/Wall Street - Twelfth Night Festival

"The singers were adequate to excellent on Friday, the most notable being James Ruff as Daniel, Peter Walker as Belshazzar and Habakkuk, and Sarah Pillow as Belshazzar’s queen and Habakkuk’s angel." - The Play of Daniel - Trinity Church/Wall Street - Twelfth Night Festival

"Standouts in the cast included tenor James Ruff who sang purely and expressively as Daniel." - The Play of Daniel - Rockport Chamber Music Festival

"Daniel was a wonderfully atmospheric musical journey into another time and place, enlivened by some superb voices in the central roles.  Chief among these was James Ruff as Daniel, who lent a magnetic physical presence as well as a nuanced tenor voice to the title character." - Daniel and the Lions - Early Music New York

"Playing the prophet Daniel, James Ruff soared in an eloquent aria explaining the meaning of 'the writing on the wall' to King Belshazzar." - Daniel and the Lions - Early Music New York

"James Ruff made a surprisingly vivid showing in the throwaway part of Pirithous." - Ariadne - Boston Early Music Festival

"Ruff's light clear tenor was like a clarion as it sailed over the chorus in Schubert's 'Nachthelle.'  His phrasing was equally effortless." - Saratoga Chamber Singers

"Soprano Christine Brandes as Judith, countertenor Drew Minter as the Nurse and tenor James Ruff as Holofernes were in top vocal and musical form...Ruff's tenor, pleasing and secure across a wide range, made a splendid showpiece of 'Mi combatti,' every ornament in place." - La Giuditta - Newberry Consort

"Lithe and handsome, Ruff brought a romantic frisson to the story.  Confronting Judith's fierce confidence, his initial wariness and ultimate capitulation were entirely believable." - La Giuditta - Newberry Consort

"Ruff was superb and caressed his lyrics in a smooth, fluid, elegant voice.  He was matchless in his many poignant and poetic songs and animated in his snappier, puckish numbers." - 'A Marvelous Party' Noel Coward Revue

"Ruff with a warmly refreshing sound, opulent but not at all plummy, was new to me; I hope to renew the acquaintance at frequent intervals."

"Mark Lamos' imaginative hand could be seen everywhere...the two entrances of James Ruff's Western Union Boy, his first with a huge letter taken aloft by the invisible hand of Bunyan, his second - at the Christmas party - leading to a charming vaudeville routine." - Paul Bunyan - Glimmerglass Opera

"Musical highlights include...a beautifully sung telegram of the Western Union tenor (James Ruff) who does a great soft-shoe in Act II." - Paul Bunyan - Glimmerglass Opera.

"Tenor James Ruff has a natural gift for Rossini singing." - Il Turco in Italia - Boston Academy of Music

"Ruff has the looks for the role, the secure musicianship and a youthfully attractive voice." - Pélléas in Pélléas et Mélisande - Concord Symphony

"Young tenor James Ruff made an appealing Academy debut as Paris.  His high, light tenor has a lovely quality to it, and he portrayed the character's narcissism with a winning naturalness that made it seem attributable to Paris' youth and station rather than a repellent character flaw." - La Belle Hélène - Boston Academy of Music

"Paris was tenor James Ruff, making his BAM debut...He makes a clear, bright sound.  His sense of line is shapely; his textual delivery is lively.  And with his boyish good looks he made you believe that Paris was enthralled with his own beauty.  He has ringingly clear high notes." - La Belle Hélène - Boston Academy of Music

"James Ruff's energetic portrayal of Lindoro, the heroine's lover, saved an otherwise anemic role.  Of all the leads, Ruff's arias are the most consistent, his crescendos gradual and never punched...Ruff displayed a mastery of facial mime and stage presence." - L'Italiana in Algeri - Lowell House Opera

"Ruff turns in a superior performance.  He displays a strong dramatic sense." - L'Italiana in Algeri - Lowell House Opera

"James Ruff, the Ferrando, displayed a sweet, lyric tenor." - Così fan tutte - Boston University

"James Ruff came on to perform the disturbing prologue with flexible tones and shifty eyes that promised to deliver much more than the production ever did." - Turn of the Screw - Boston University

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