Canadian Soprano Jane Archibald has established an international reputation for stage performances of extraordinary artistic intensity and panache, regardless of tessitura, in repertoire ranging from Zerbinetta to Alcina, Donna Anna, Daphne and Salome. Archibald has appeared on the world’s finest opera and concert stages including the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro alla Scala, Opernhaus Zürich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper and The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In the 2023/24 season, engagements will include a return to the Canadian Opera Company as Vixen in Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen, and on the concert stage, a programme of Mozart, Brahms and Strauss with Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
Recent highlight’s include her role debut as the title role in Strauss Salome at the Fondazione Lirico Sinfonico Petruzzelli e Teatro di Bari, the title role in a new production of Handel Alcina for Glyndebourne, the title role in Strauss Daphne and Roxana in Szymanowski Krol Roger at Oper Frankfurt, Mathilde in Rossini Guillaume Tell at Opéra National de Lyon, Tytania in Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Ginevra in Handel Ariodante at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia.
On the concert platform, Archibald has worked with world renowned conductors such as Marin Alsop, Kent Nagano, Christian Thielemann, Ryan Wigglesworth and Ludvic Morlot amongst others. She has most recently performed Messiaen Poèmes pour Mi with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart Requiem with both National Arts Centre Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Exsultate, jubilate with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Orchestra of La Scala, Debussy La Damoiselle élue, Dutilleux Correspondances and Bach B Minor Mass with Seattle Symphony, Brahms Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Handel Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem with the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Bach St. Matthew Passion with Orchestre National de Lyon, and Britten Les Illuminations and Grieg Peer Gynt with the Oregon Symphony.
Archibald released her first solo CD, a programme of Haydn arias, on the ATMA Classique label and won a JUNO Award for Classical Album of the Year. Her recording of Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail with conductor Jérémie Rhorer, received rave reviews, as did her recording of Messiaen Poèmes pour Mi with Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony. The latest addition to her discography is a recording of Bernstein Candide, with Marin Alsop and the London Symphony Orchestra.
A proud representative of Canadian classical music, and having begun her career there, Archibald has won numerous awards and accolades for her contributions to the industry. She was an Adler Fellow and Merola participant with the San Francisco Opera, and then became a member of the ensemble at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2006.
The Observer, July 2022
'Making an impressive Glyndebourne debut as Alcina is the Canadian soprano Jane Archibald, who glistens and gleams through the vast emotional range of the role, particularly outstanding in her lament Ah! mio cor.'
Platea magazine, March 2022
'...Jane Archibald, a Ginevra with excellent vocal and dramatic performance. Brilliant in all of her interventions, she sang mio crudel martoro with elegance and exquisite beauty.'
Cirano post, March 2023
'Divine is Jane Archibald in the role of the protagonist, with a malleable secure voice in the most impervious passages and a hypnotic stage presence.'