Born in Wuppertal in 1997, bass Valentin Ruckebier has been studying singing at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf since 2017, initially with Prof. Ludwig Grabmeier and now with Prof. Konrad Jarnot. As part of his studies, he sang various opera roles; in addition, he regularly appears as a song and oratorio singer as well as in vocal ensembles, increasingly devoting himself to new music. He is a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation, received the Ria Fresen Foundation's sponsorship award and was a finalist in the 2019 Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation Singing Competition. Valentin Ruckebier is also active as a composer (studied in Düsseldorf with Prof. Manfred Trojahn and Prof. Oliver Schneller). His works have won awards at numerous international competitions and are regularly premiered by renowned performers and ensembles. In 2021 his opera "The escape to Egypt" was performed at the Landestheater Linz, the Teatro Comunale di Modena and the Serbian National Theatre Novi Sad. Since January 2022 Valentin Ruckebier is a member of the Opera Studio of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. In the 2022/23 season he will appear here as Macbeth's servant, doctor, murderer and apparizione in Verdi's "Macbeth", The High Priest in Massenet's "Hérodiade", Hortensius in Donizetti's "La fille du régiment", as 2. He can also be heard as the second man in armour in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Alessio in Bellini's La Sonnambula, the Notary in Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Sciarrone in Puccini's Tosca and in concerts.