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Jane Sheldon


US-based Australian soprano Jane Sheldon specialises in contemporary chamber music and the historically informed performance of the music of the 17th and 18th centuries.


After training with Gondwana Voices and the Sydney Children's Choir, Jane made her professional debut in 1998 with a recording and performance of George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children with Halcyon and the Sydney Alpha Ensemble. Since then, Jane has gone on to work with some of the finest ensembles and musicians in Australia and beyond, and has sung under the direction of Charles Dutoit, Reinbert de Leeuw, William Christie, Antony Walker, Ola Rudner, and Paul Dyer, amongst others.


In Australia, Jane has been a guest artist with many acclaimed ensembles, including Pinchgut Opera, Halcyon, The Song Company, Synergy Percussion, and the Sydney Symphony, and has frequently been a guest artist with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australia's premier period instrument ensemble.


Jane also works in the UK, and performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2008 UK premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin's Wild Swans. Eliza Aria, a track from her 2004 ABC recording of the work, made with Ola Rudner and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra , reached no.1 on the UK iTunes classical music charts in 2007. The same recording was featured in John Galliano's Spring 2009 ready-to-wear show, and it currently provides the opening theme tune for ABC Radio National's Late Night Live program.


In the 2011-2012 season, she joins the acclaimed Boston Camerata for tours in the US and Europe. In the US, Jane also works with new music group Firebird Ensemble, early music groups Blue Heron and ensemble viii. Next season she will join Boston's Sound Icon for a performance of Grisey's Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil. 


Jane's first solo album, Song of the Angel, was released by ABC Classics in 2002 and she has continued to work for the label as a solo artist, appearing on Swooning, Allegri Miserere, Prayer for Peace, and The Classic 100. She is also a guest artist on Teddy Tahu Rhodes award-winning album The Voice. Her most recent release with ABC is 2010's Shadowland: The Music of Paul Stanhope; for this disc she appears with Australian string quartet Ironwood.


Jane has worked on a number of scores for theatre, film and television, including Christopher Gordon's Golden Globe-nominated soundtrack for telemovie On the Beach. A recording of Allegri's Miserere Jane made with Cantillation was featured in Bangarra Dance Theatre's acclaimed 2004 production, Clan.


In October 2010, Jane performed with Boston's Firebird Ensemble as part of Sensations of Tone, an event she co-curated at Harvard University which sought to investigate the influence of wave physics on various artistic projects and ideas.


In May 2011, Jane was awarded Performance of the Year in the 2011 Art Music Awards, for The Origin Cycle, performed at The Australian Museum. In 2009 Jane commissioned The Origin Cycle with philosopher of science Peter Godfrey-Smith, in which 8 Australian composers set text from Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. Jane gave performances of the work in the US, Canada and Australia, with Firebird Ensemble and Ensemble Offspring. The project was supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Harvard University, the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, Sydney's New Music Network, and the Australian Museum. A piece from the cycle was nominated at the International Music Council's Rostrum of Composers competition in 2010.


Upcoming engagements include Music of the Baroque Superstars with Sydney's Salut! Baroque and soprano Josie Ryan; Borrowed Light with Boston Camerata and Tero Saarinen Company at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival; and the world premiere of Donald Crockett's new opera The Face with Firebird Ensemble.

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