British conductor 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. In 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.
Jane Glover has been Chicago’s 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, St. Louis, Sydney, Cincinnati, and Toronto symphony orchestras, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Belgrade Philharmonic, and Orchestre Nationale de Bordeaux et Aquitaine. 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 at the Aspen Music Festival, 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.
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. She has just finished a book on Handel.
Engagements in the 2017/18 season include La Clemenza di Tito for Aspen, Alcina for Washington Opera and Medea for Opera Omaha; her continuing seasons with Music of the Baroque in Chicago and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Future performances include concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra.