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Jane Archibald

Soprano

Biography

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

Canadian coloratura soprano Jane Archibald made her Royal Opera debut in the 2013/14 Season as Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos).

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 won renown for her performances as Zerbinetta, a role she has sung for Paris Opéra, Deutsche Oper Berlin, in Geneva and Baden-Baden and with the Canadian Opera Company. Other coloratura roles in her repertory include 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). She also sings 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).

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