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Artist Basics: Jane Archibald


Jane Archibald makes a welcome return to the Canadian Opera Company stage! From her first role with the COC as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos to playing the title role of 2012's Semele, this native Canadian seems to thrive on the new, the strong, and the individual. 

What she’s doing with us: Jane joins the COC in bringing director Dmitri Tcherniakov's unique version of Don Giovanni to life in her role debut as Donna Anna, one of Don Giovanni's conquests. She will also be joining the rest of the Semele cast to travel to BAM (the Brooklyn Academy of Music) in March 2015 to once again play the role of Semele. 

Where you might have seen her: After beginning her professional opera career in 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. Recent engagements include the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor and Konstanze in Die Entfhürung aus dem Serail in Zurich; Olympia, Zerbinetta and Cleopatra at the Opéra national de Paris; Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at La Scala, Milan and in Berlin; Zerbinetta at Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and in Munich.

Last season Jane appeared as Adele in a new production of J.Strauss’s Die Fledermaus at the Met, following her debut there as Ophélie in Thomas’ Hamlet. Further 2013/2014 engagements included Olympia at the Opernhaus Zürich, Zerbinetta in Munich and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as well as R. Strauss’s Four Last Songs with Symphony Nova Scotia and Davide Penitente in concert with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Louis Langrée.

Recent concert highlights include Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate with the late Lorin Maazel 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, won the 2012 JUNO Award for Classical Album of the Year. 

Allyson McHardy as Juno and Jane Archibald as Semele in the Canadian Opera Company production of Semele, 2012

See Jane as Donna Anna in the COC's production of Don Giovanni. For more information and to buy tickets, visit here

See Jane as Semele in Semele when it travels to BAM in New York City this March. For more information, visit here.

You can also follow Jane Archibald on Twitter at @ArchibaldJane 

Photo credits (top down): Jane Archibald as Semele (foreground) and William Burden as Jupiter (background) in the Canadian Opera Company production of Semele, 2012. Photo: Michael Cooper; (l–r) Allyson McHardy as Juno and Jane Archibald as Semele in the Canadian Opera Company production of Semele, 2012. Photo: Michael Cooper.

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



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