Biography

Jane Archibald’s career trajectory has taken her from Canada to San Francisco to the Vienna State Opera and major opera houses on both continents.

Her artistry has generated excitement across Europe and North America with recent engagements including Lucia and Konstanze, Adele and Ophélie at the Met, Olympia, Zerbinetta and Cleopatra at the Opéra National de Paris, Sophie at La Scala Milan and in Berlin, Zerbinetta at Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and in Munich, as well as Semele at the Canadian Opera Company.

After beginning her professional opera career in her native Canada, Jane was an Adler Fellow and Merola participant with the San Francisco Opera. She then moved to the Vienna State Opera as a member of the ensemble, debuting many of the coloratura roles she continues to sing today. Jane Archibald stunned the world public with her extraordinary technical ability and breath control in the role of Handel’s Semele in 2012, which was highly praised by Opera News, describing Archibald’s performance as “outstanding” and “simply spectacular” (Opera News, August 2012).

The 2016/17 season will find Ms. Archibald debuting the role of Ginevra in Ariodante with Canadian Opera company, and revisiting Donna Anna for Theater an der Wien, Konstanze at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Zerbinetta with the Bayerische Staatsoper, Angelica (Haydn’s Orlando Paladino) at the Zurich Opera House, and, finally, Adele in a new production of Strauss’s Die Fledermaus with Santa Fe Opera.

Archibald’s concert engagements for the upcoming season will include recording Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi with the Seattle Symphony and a performance at the Aids Gala 2017, the 8th Festive Opera Gala in Support of the German Aids Foundation in Düsseldorf.

Recent additions to her repertoire have included Ligeti’s Requiem with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Donna Anna for the Canadian Opera Company. Jane has recently sung the roles of Konstanze for Festival d’Aix en Provence and Olympia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Munich. Last season she sang Zerbinetta in Christof Loy’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Royal Opera House, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro with the Canadian Opera Company, Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide with Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and Konstanze in productions of Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Theatre des Champs Elysées with Jérémie Rhorer and with the Opera de Lyon under the baton of Stefano Montanari.

Her many concert highlights include Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate with Lorin Mazel and the Orchestra of La Scala, Brahms’ Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson-Thomas, Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi with Christian Thielemann and the Berlin Philharmonic and Mozart arias with the Camerata Salzburg and Louis Langrée.

Jane has featured on multiple recordings and DVDs. Her first solo CD, a programme of Haydn coloratura arias, was released on the ATMA Classique label and won the 2012 JUNO Award for Classical Album of the Year. A newly released recording of Die Entführung aus dem Serail (June 2016) with conductor Jéremie Rhorer, is receiving rave reviews. Jane lives in Halifax, NS, with her husband, tenor Kurt Streit, and their two children.

Archibald shows off a spectacular instrument and gorgeous technique in eight arias and one recitative from five operas… This is a treat from beginning to end.

thestar.comJohn Terauds - Apr 25th 2011

With powerful coloratura pipes, Archibald melts the reactor core this scenes from L’anima del filosofo, ossia Orfeo ded Euridice (1791) and Orlando Paladino (1782).

about100wordson.blogspot.comC. Michael Bailey - Apr 13th 2011

…the coloratura of soprano Jane Archibald as Zerbinetta, who stopped the show with her brilliant vocal pyrotechnics. Together they represented what this opera is all about: the contrast between deep and profound art, and light, delightful entertainment.

The Globe And Mail Colin Eatock - May 13th 2011