“The invigorating fizz that Jane Glover has brought to Music of the Baroque since arriving as music director in 2002 shows little sign of abating.”
Director of opera at the Royal Academy of Music, acclaimed 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 L’Eritrea. 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.
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 Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco, Houston, St. Louis, Sydney, and Toronto symphony orchestras, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the City of London Sinfonia, and with the period 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 Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Glyndebourne, the Berlin Staatsoper, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Opera Australia, Chicago Opera Theater, Opéra National du Rhin, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, 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 Turn of the Screw and Jephtha in Bordeaux, La clemenza di Tito with Chicago Opera Theater, The Rape of Lucretia and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Aspen Music Festival, Gluck’s Armide with Met Young Artists and Juilliard, Don Giovanni at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen! at the Royal Academy of Music.
Future engagements include Lucio Silla in Bordeaux, Die Zauberflöte in St. Louis, Eugene Onegin at the Royal Academy of Music, Mozart Dances in Madrid and L’Allegro in Toronto with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and her debut at the Metropolitan Opera.
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 most recent book, Mozart’s Women, was nominated for both the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Non-Fiction. It is published in the U.S. by HarperCollins.
Jane Glover studied at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, where after graduation she did her D.Phil on seventeenth-century Venetian opera. She was created a Commander of the British Empire in the 2003 New Year’s Honors.