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Jane Archibald

  • Soprano

Biography

Most recently Jane Archibald scored a stunning success in a house and role debut at the MET where she stepped in at short notice for Natalie Dessay as Ophelie.

She returned to Vienna last season for select roles including Eudoxie in Halevy's La Juive and Sophie in Werther. Further engagements included her first Adele in Geneva, her Deutsche Oper debut as Zerbinetta, her Berlin Philharmonic debut as Angelica in Haydn's Orlando Paladino with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Konstanze at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples with Jeffrey Tate. Her 2008-9 season concluded with another role debut, this time stepping in at the Vienna State Opera as Aminta in Richard Strauss' Die schweigsame Frau.

During her previous two seasons at the Vienna State Opera, Ms. Archibald successfully debuted major coloratura roles including the Queen of the Night, Olympia, Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier and Werther), Musetta and the Italian Singer in a new production of Strauss' Capriccio alongside Renée Fleming and conducted by Philippe Jordan.

Ms. Archibald made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2005 as Elvira in Italiana in Algeri. Her affiliation with the San Francisco Opera began in 2003 with her participation in the famous Merola summer program, leading to a two-year tenure as an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera Center.

A native of Nova Scotia, Ms. Archibald began her professional career after graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University. She also attended training programs at the Orford Arts Centre and the Tanglewood Music Center. A Canada Council grant recipient, she was also the 2006 winner of the Sylva Gelber Foundation award for the most talented musician under 30.