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 in Zurich, 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, Covent Garden and in Munich, Donna Anna at Theater an der Wien 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 coloratura roles. 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 2017/18 season will find Jane performing frequently with the Canadian Opera Company as their first-ever Artist-in-Residence, singing the roles of Zdenka in Arabella, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and the title role in The Nightingale and other Short Fables. Also slated for 2017/18 are Carmina Burana with the Joven Orquesta Nacional d’Espana in Madrid and Armida in Rinaldo, on tour with the English Concert.

Recent additions to her repertoire have included Richard Strauss’s Zdenka and Ginevra (in Ariodante) with the Canadian Opera Company, as well as 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.

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 a 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 as is her recording of Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi with Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony.

Jane lives in Halifax, NS, with her husband, tenor Kurt Streit, and their two children.

September 2017

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