British conductor Jane Glover has been Music of the Baroque’s music director since 2002. She made her professional debut at the Wexford Festival in 1975, conducting her own edition of Cavalli’s LʼEritrea. She joined Glyndebourne in 1979 and was music director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera from 1981 until 1985. She was artistic director of the London Mozart Players from 1984 to 1991, and has also held principal conductorships of both the Huddersfield and the London Choral Societies. From 2009 until 2016 she was Director of Opera at the Royal Academy of Music where she is now the Felix Mendelssohn Visiting Professor.
Jane Glover has conducted all the major symphony and chamber orchestras in Britain, as well as orchestras in Europe, the United States, Asia, and Australia. In recent seasons, she has appeared with the, New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco, Houston, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis, Sydney, Cincinnati, and Toronto symphony orchestras, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Belgrade Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de Bordeaux et Aquitaine and BBC Concert Orchestra including performances at the BBC Proms. She also works with the period-instrument orchestras Philharmonia Baroque, and the Handel and Haydn Society.
In demand on the international opera stage, Jane Glover has appeared with numerous companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Glyndebourne, the Berlin Staatsoper, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, Opera National de Bordeaux, Opera Australia, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera National du Rhin, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Luminato, Teatro Real, Madrid, and Teatro La Fenice. Known as a Mozart specialist, she has conducted all the Mozart operas all over the world regularly since she first performed them at Glyndebourne in the 1980s. Her core operatic repertoire also includes Monteverdi, Handel, and Britten.
Highlights of recent seasons include The Magic Flute with the Metropolitan Opera, L’Elisir d’amore for Houston Grand Opera, The Turn of the Screw, Jephtha and Lucio Silla in Bordeaux, The Rape of Lucretia, A Midsummer Nightʼs Dream, and Cosí fan tutte and La Clemenza di Tito at the Aspen Music Festival, Alcina with the Washington Opera; the US premiere of Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella with Opera San Jose; Medea with Opera Omaha;, Gluck’s Armide and Iphigenie en Aulide with Met Young Artists and Juilliard, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Eugene Onegin, The Rake’s Progress, The Marriage of Figaro, L’incoronazione di Poppea, and the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen! at the Royal Academy of Music.
Current and future engagements include Cosi fan Tutte with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Le Nozze di Figaro for Aspen Music Festival, Die Zauberflöte for Houston Grand Opera, her continuing seasons with Music of the Baroque in Chicago; and concert appearances with Oregon Bach Festival, London Mozart Players, Malaysian Philharmonic, Bremen Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and Bamberg Symphony.
Jane Glover’s discography includes a series of Mozart and Haydn symphonies with the London Mozart Players and recordings of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Britten, and Walton with the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, and the BBC Singers. Recent releases include Handel’s Messiah (Signum) and Haydn Masses (Naxos). Her critically acclaimed book Mozartʼs Women was published in 2005. Her new book, Handel in London, was published in September 2018.
Jane Glover studied at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, where after graduation she did her D.Phil on seventeenth-century Venetian opera. She holds a personal professorship at the University of London, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, and the holder of several honorary degrees. Since 2015-16 she has been Visiting Professor of Opera at the University of Oxford. She was created a Commander of the British Empire in the 2003 New Year’s Honours.