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Jane Archibald



Jane Archibald in action.
Jane Archibald in Ariadne auf Naxos, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

Canadian coloratura soprano Jane Archibald makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2013/14 Season in the virtuoso role of Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), a role she has sung for Paris Opéra, Deutsche Oper Berlin, in Geneva and Baden-Baden and with the Canadian Opera Company.

Archibald was born in Nova Scotia and studied singing at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Tanglewood Music Center. She began her career in Canada, and in 2003 joined the Merola programme with San Francisco Opera. She has since gone on to sing many of the major coloratura roles, including Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Zerbinetta and Aminta (Die schweigsame Frau). Her repertory also includes Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Musetta (La bohème) and Adele (Die Fledermaus).

Archibald also has a varied concert repertory, from Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate to Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi, and she has performed with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Her first solo CD, of Haydn coloratura arias, won the 2012 JUNO Award for Classical Album of the Year (Vocal or Choral Performance).