Jane Irwin studied music at Lancaster University and singing at the Royal Northern College of Music as a mezzo. As a concert and recital singer she has appeared regularly in Britain, Europe and America, making her Carnegie Hall debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony under Mariss Jansons.
She has sung for the BBC Proms, Edinburgh Festival, Berlin Festival, the Concertgebouw and the Musikverein. She has worked with the Berlin Symphony, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, Zurich Tonhalle, Philharmonia, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Hallé. Jane has also worked with the conductors Myung Whun Chung, Sir Simon Rattle, Günther Herbig, Semyon Bychkov, Ivor Bolton, Andrew Davis, Libor Pesek, Donald Runnicles, Antonio Pappano, Sakari Oramo, Sir Mark Elder, Matthias Bamert, Trevor Pinnock, Petr Altrichter, Joseph Swensen, Sir Richard Armstrong and Jakov Kreizberg. She has given recitals at the Châtelet, Paris, London, Edinburgh, Geneva, Aix-en-Provence and Japan.
In 2009 Jane moved into a soprano repertoire. She sang her first Britten War Requiem in 2010 with David Hill and has since sung Tatiana’s Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin at the Royal Festival Hall and Marie in fragments from Wozzeck with NYOS/Diego Masson. She has also performed Isolde’s Liebestod in Sardinia, Sieglinde in Act1 of Die Walküre in Mexico City, Andromache in Tippett’s King Priam at the Brighton Festival, and Brunnhilde’s Immolation scene from Götterdämmerung with the Bremer Philharmoniker. As a mezzo she made her Royal Opera House debut in a new production of Götterdämmerung as Second Norn under Bernard Haitink returning in 2003 to sing Suzuki Madama Butterfly. She has sung in Die Walküre at Bayreuth, Brangäne Tristan und Isolde for San Francisco Opera, English National Opera and Deutsche Oper, Mère Marie Dialogues des Carmélites for Lyric Opera of Chicago and appears regularly with Scottish Opera, including Waltraute Götterdämmerung and Anezka The Two Widows by Smetana at the Edinburgh Festival.
Recent and future engagements include Verdi Requiem with the RPO/Vladimir Jurowski at the Royal Festival Hall, concerts with Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Simon Rattle, San Diego Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Orchestre National de Lyon and Sao Paulo Symphony, as well as Brangäne Tristan und Isolde for the Deutsche Oper/Donald Runnicles (directed by Graham Vick). Also, Miss Jessel Turn of the Screw with Aurora Orchestra at Snape Maltings and LSO St Luke’s, her first Isolde for Regensburg Opera, a role she reprised in concert in Craiova, Romania, and the Foreign Princess Rusalka in Saarbrucken.
Most recently, she received superb reviews for her performance with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Das Lied von der Erde, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.
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