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Jane Glover, Conductor


Music Director of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque since 2002, Jane Glover made her professional debut at the Wexford Festival, conducting her own edition of Cavalli’s L’Eritrea. She subsequently joined Glyndebourne and was Music Director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera from 1981 to 1985. From 1984 to 1991 she was Artistic Director of the London Mozart Players. In January 2009, she joined the Royal Academy of Music as Artistic Director of Opera.

In continual demand on the international opera stage, Ms Glover has appeared with numerous companies including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Berlin Staatsoper, Royal Danish Opera, Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Australia, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Known chiefly as a Mozart specialist, she has conducted all the Mozart operas regularly, all over the world, since her initial performances of them in Glyndebourne in the 1980’s. (Highlights include the Da Ponte trilogy in Chicago, with the director Diane Paulus; Die Entführung at the Royal Opera, Cosi fan tutte in Berlin, etc.) But her core repertoire also includes Monteverdi (she and Paulus also performed his three operas in Chicago, in 2000, 2003 and 2006), Handel (many operas including Giulio Cesare, Alcina, Agrippina, Tamerlano, Acis and Galatea, Ariodante and Theodora), and Britten, who indeed personally influenced and guided Jane Glover when she was 16, and to whose music she constantly returns. Her operatic repertoire also regularly includes Purcell, Gluck, Beethoven, Rossini, Donizetti, Humperdinck (she performed Hansel and Gretel at the BBC Proms) and Knussen. In addition she collaborates closely with the Mark Morris Dance Group, for whom she has conducted major productions of Purcell (King Arthur), Handel (L’Allegro) and Mozart.

Ms Glover’s concert engagements similarly take her all over the world. She has performed with all the major symphony and chamber orchestras in Britain, repeatedly at the BBC Proms (another highlight was Britten’s War Requiem), as well as with orchestras in Europe, the US, the Far East and Australasia. In recent seasons she has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the St Louis Symphony, the Orchestra of St Luke’s (Carnegie Hall), the Philharmonia, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the London Mozart Players and the City of London Sinfonia, as well as the period orchestras the Philharmonia Baroque, and the Handel & Haydn Society. She has appeared at the Mostly Mozart Festivals in both New York and London. She is also especially known for her experience in the choral repertoire, and was Music Director of both the London and the Huddersfield Choral Societies.

Jane Glover’s many recordings feature a series of Mozart and Haydn symphonies for ASV, and arias with Felicity Lott, all with the London Mozart Players, plus other recordings of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Britten and Walton with the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, and the BBC Singers. Her extensive broadcasting career includes the television series Orchestra and Mozart, and the radio series Opera House and Musical Dynasties, all for the BBC.

Her book, Mozart’s Women, was published, to great critical acclaim, in September 2005. It was nominated for both the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Non-Fiction. She is currently writing a book on Handel.

Highlights in the 2008-9 season include the operas The Turn of the Screw (Bordeaux), Semele (Milwaukee), La Clemenza di Tito (Chicago) and The Rape of Lucretia (Aspen); concerts with Music of the Baroque (including Handel’s Hercules), the London Mozart Players (including The Creation), the Orchestre Nationale de Bordeaux et Aquitaine, and the Philharmonia Baroque. She will be recording a series of Haydn Masses, for Naxos, in New York.

Jane Glover studied at the University of Oxford, where, after graduation, she did her D.Phil. on 17th-century Venetian opera. She holds honorary degrees from several other universities, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music. She was created a CBE in the 2003 New Year’s Honours.

   

 

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