“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 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.
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 Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, 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, 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, The Turn of the Screw and Jephtha in Bordeaux, La clemenza di Tito with Chicago Opera Theater, The Rape of Lucretia and A Midsummer Nightʼs Dream at the Aspen Music Festival, Gluck’s Armide with Met Young Artists and Juilliard, Don Giovanni at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Eugene Onegin 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, and her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra.
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 book Mozartʼs Women, published in the U.S. by HarperCollins, was nominated for both the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Non-Fiction.
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.