Artist Profile

Ruth Portelli

Artist Profile


Ruth Portelli

Ruth Portelli sang for the first time in public on the school stage during a prize day. From then onwards, she competed in various festivals around her native Gozo, where she won several of them, and even in Malta in which she received very good results. She took part in various concerts, namely, the editions of the Gozo International Celebration (GIC) held in Qala three times a year, the Notte Gozitana, the Nadur Christmas Concert, the Qala International Folk Festival (QIFF), and had also accompanied the tenor Aldo Busuttil as a guest singer during his concerts. She was the first one to receive the Horace Mercieca Award, given during one of the GIC editions. She had given various recitals, the latest one being held at St. James Cavalier in Valletta.

At the early age of 11 Ruth started taking part in popular operas at the Aurora Theatre in Gozo, the first one being Carmen, following Turandot, Nabucco, Fedora, La Forza del Destino, La Bohème, Aida and Tosca. She had the opportunity to sing abroad in major countries such as Slovenia, Lanciano in Italy, Vrnjacka Banja in Serbia, Kraljevo in Czech Republic and Greece. In October 2010, together with other Maltese singers, Ruth joined a choir who performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in London at The Beatles Philharmonic Tribute. In 2009 Ruth reached the semi-final of the Malta Eurosong with 2 songs, “Innocent Heart” and “Blame It on Your Heart”. A year later, she made it to the final with the song “Three Little Words” and placed 8th.

Ruth is a soprano soloist in the well-known Gozitan choir Chorus Urbanus, directed by Mro. Dr. John Galea. In 2005 Ruth along with the other members of the Chorus Urbanus were ambassadors of Malta in Strasbourg where, there, they sang along with around 25 choirs from all over Europe in the cathedral of Strasbourg. In April 2010 she joined the choir to sing during the open-air mass which was celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI.

In 2018, she made it through to the finals of L-Għanja tal-Poplu with the song “Għaliex Tlaqt?” as well as the finals of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song “Determinata”.

At the start of 2019, Ruth took part in the musical “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” produced at the Astra Theatre in Victoria. She also took part in the Discovery Festival Otkritie in Bulgaria, winning the Best Female Performer award.

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Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest

Malta debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 and was represented by Joe Grech and the song “Marija L-Maltija”, which finished last. Malta competed again in 1972 and 1975 but then withdrew until their return in 1991. During the 1990s Malta only once finished outside of the top 10, and in 1998 they came within just 7 points of victory. It was Chiara who brought the country their 3rd place finish in 1998, and who went on to finish in 2nd at the 2005 contest in Kyiv. The only other artist to finish 2nd for Malta is Ira Losco, who was 12 points away from victory in 2002. They are the longest participating country never to have won the Eurovision Song Contest. | Find out more about this artist and others like them at

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