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Biography
Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane is recognized internationally for her stunning interpretations of repertoire ranging from the early baroque to that of today's composers. She has appeared at many of the most distinguished festivals and concert series worldwide, with conductors William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, Andrew Parrott, Howard Arman, Marc Minkowski, Helmut Rilling, Robert Shaw and Michael Tilson Thomas. Ms. Lane has performed in opera and concert with the Tanglewood Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, the New Getty Center, the Frick Collection, Opernhaus Halle, Opernhaus Dessau, Utah Opera, Salzburger Bachgesellschaft, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Orchestra della Toscana, and the New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Metropolitan Opera.

Ms. Lane has joined San Francisco Opera for Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, Virgil Thompson's The Mother of Us All and Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, and Eugene Onegin and recently joined Sonoma City Opera for the world premiere of Libby Larsen’s Every Man Jack. She has sung Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Palau de la Musica in Valencia and Messiaggiera in Orfeo with the Cappella de Ministrers, also in Spain; Oedipus Rex in Glasgow, Scotland; Amastre in Xerxes with New York City Opera; and the title role in Peter Brook’s version of La Tragedie de Carmen with the Astoria Music Festival. Her performances at the Metropolitan Opera include Moses und Aron and Katyà Kabanovà.

Ms. Lane had previously appeared at the Göttingen Festival with conductor Nicholas McGegan as Polinesso in Ariodante, recorded by Harmonia Mundi USA and winner of a Gramophone Award, and in Giustino (also recorded by HMU). She premiered the title role of Augusta Read Thomas' opera Ligeia, based on the life of Edgar Allen Poe, commissioned and conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich for his own festival in Evian, France; and performed the dual roles of Dido/Sorceress for the Mark Morris Dance Group's production of Dido & Aeneas, filmed by Rhombus Media for BRAVO Television, and recorded on CD by CBC Records. The film won awards at both the Banff Television Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival, among others, and has been released on DVD.

Among Jennifer Lane's recent concert appearances are performances of Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra della Toscana in Italy, and Handel and Haydn Society. She has also joined the Lexington Symphony for Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, San Francisco Symphony for Stravinsky's Les Noces with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting, Philharmonia Baroque for Handel's Arianna, Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival for Bach’s Mass in B minor, and the New York Collegium for a concert of Handel works.

Ms. Lane has over forty recordings on Harmonia Mundi USA, Naxos, Opus 111, CBC Records, Koch International, Newport Classic, PGM, Gaudeamus, Centaur, and Arabesque. Her recent solo disc of Handel arias, Fury With Red Sparkling Eyes, was released on Newport Classic. Her solo disc for Koch, The Pleasures & Follies of Love, was chosen as disc of the month by the journal "Alte Musik Aktuell" in Germany. A new solo disc of French Airs de Cour is available at Magnatune.com. With conductor Robert Craft, she has recorded Igor Stravinsky's Threni, Oedipus Rex (Jocasta), A Sermon, a Narrative, and a Prayer, Two Songs by Hugo Wolf, arr. Stravinsky, and Arnold Schoenberg's Gurrelieder (Waldtaube) on Koch. All are now re-mastered and re-released by Naxos. Most recently added to her list of recorded repertoire are Schoenberg’s song cycle Das Buch Der Hängenden Gärten and his chamber orchestra arrangement of the Lied der Waldtaube (Naxos), and Antonio Caldara: Cantatas (Gaudeamus).

Jennifer Lane is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Texas and has formerly held faculty positions at Stanford University and the University of Kentucky. She has taught master classes at Old Dominion University, Mannes College, CW Post University, the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Collegio Major Lluis Vives in Valencia, San Francisco Conservatory, and for the San Francisco Opera Young Artists Program. She has also served on the faculty of the Lake Placid Institute, the International Baroque Institute at Longy, and the San Francisco Early Music Society Medieval/Renaissance and Baroque workshops.

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