Music Director of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque since 2002 and Artistic Director of Opera at London’s Royal Academy of Music, JANE GLOVER made her professional debut at the Wexford Festival in 1975, conducting her own edition of Cavalli’s L’Eritrea. She joined Glyndebourne in 1979 and was Music Director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera from 1981 to 1985; and she was Artistic Director of the London Mozart Players from 1984 to 1991.
In continual demand on the international opera stage, Ms Glover has appeared with numerous companies including the Metropolitan Opera, 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 Magic Flute at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, 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 (MMDG), 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 (a highlight was Britten’s War Requiem), as well as with orchestras in Europe, the US, the Far East and Australasia. 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; Haydn Masses for Naxos and Handel’s Messiah for Signum. 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.
Highlights in recent and upcoming seasons include operas L’elisir d’amore (Houston); Alcina (Washington); Lucio Silla, The Turn of the Screw and Jeptha (Bordeaux); Marriage of Figaro (Goteborg, Sweden); Gluck’s Armide and Iphigenie en Aulide (Juilliard/Met Lindemann program); Royal Academy of Music productions that include the world premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’s Kommilitonen, (directed by its librettist David Pountney), and productions of The Rake’s Progress, Cosi fan tutte, Cavalli’s Giasone, Béatrice et Bénédict and Die Zauberflöte; Aspen productions of La Clemenza di Tito, The Rape of Lucretia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, L’incoronazione di Poppea and Cosi fan tutte; Opera Theatre of St. Louis productions that include Don Giovanni (directed by James Robinson) and Magic Flute (directed by Isaac Mizrahi); Semele (Milwaukee); La Clemenza di Tito and Die Zauberflöte (Chicago Opera Theater); the Creation (Montreal); Britten War Requiem (Berkshire Choral Festival); with MMDG in Washington, Toronto and Madrid and concerts with Music of the Baroque, the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall and at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, the Orchestre Nationale de Bordeaux et Aquitaine, the Ulster Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Philharmonia, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the London Mozart Players, the City of London Sinfonia, London’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Philharmonia Baroque and the Handel & Haydn Society.
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, has a personal Professorship at the University of London, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music. From 1990 to 1995 she served on the Board of Governors of the BBC. She was created a CBE in the 2003 New Year’s Honours.