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Jane Archibald

Jane Archibald

Jane Archibald's career trajectory, which began in Nova Scotia, Canada, has taken her from Toronto to San Francisco to the Vienna State Opera and beyond. Her artistry generates excitement across Europe and North America with recent engagements including the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor and Konstanze in Zurich, Adele and Ophélie at the Met, Olympia, Zerbinetta and Cleopatra at the Opéra National de Paris, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier at La Scala Milan and in Berlin, Zerbinetta at Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and in Munich, as well as Semele at the Canadian Opera Company.

After beginning her professional opera career in her native Canada, Jane made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2005 as Elvira in L'Italiana in Algeri, and was an Adler Fellow and Merola participant with the San Francisco Opera.

During her tenure as a member of the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera, Jane successfully debuted major coloratura roles including the Queen of the Night, Olympia, Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier and Werther), Eudoxie (La Juive) and Musetta. She performed Queen of the Night for the Opéra de Marseille, Opera Toulouse and the Frankfurt Opera, and gave significant role debuts as Cleopatra in Marseille and Zerbinetta in Geneva. She has also appeared as Zerbinetta at the Bavarian State Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, as Lucia, Konstanze and Almirena (Rinaldo) at the Zürich Opera House; and in Davide Penitente with the Berlin Philharmonic and Louis Langrée.

Last season, she appeared as Adele in a new production of Strauss's Die Fledermaus at the Met, following her debut there as Ophélie in Thomas' Hamlet. Further 2013/14 engagements included Olympia at the Opernhaus Zürich, Zerbinetta in Munich and at the Royal Opera House as well as Strauss' Four Last Songs with Symphony Nova Scotia and Davide Penitente in concert with the Cincinnatii Symphony orchestra and Louis Langrée.

For Season 2014/15, engagements include Strauss' Four Last Songs in Montreal, Ligeti's Requiem with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Königin der Nacht at the Opera National de Paris, her Donna Anna role debut for the Canadian Opera Company as well as Konstanze for the Festival d'Aix en Provence.

Recent concert highlights include Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate with Lorin Mazel and the Orchestra of La Scala, Brahms' Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson-Thomas, Messiaen's Poèmes pour Mi with Christian Thielemann and the Berlin Philharmonic and Mozart arias with the Camerata Salzburg and Louis Langrée.

Her first solo CD, a programme of Haydn coloratura arias, has been released on the ATMA Classique label and won the 2012 JUNO Award for Classical Album of the Year. She has been critically acclaimed for her earlier recordings of works by Vivaldi and Charpentier with the Aradia Ensemble for Naxos and Strauss' Deutsche Motette with Accentus for the Naive label. A Canada Council grant recipient, she was also the 2006 winner of the Sylva Gelber Foundation award for the most talented musician under 30. Jane lives in Halifax, NS, with her husband, tenor Kurt Streit, and their two children.

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