Dame Jane Glover
“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.”
Acclaimed British conductor Dame 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. From 2009 until 2016 she was Director of Opera at the Royal Academy of Music where she is now the Felix Mendelssohn Visiting Professor. She was recently Visiting Professor of Opera at the University of Oxford, her alma mater.
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 Minnesota Orchestra, the Bremen Philharmonic, the Malaysia Philharmonic, the San Francisco, Houston, St. Louis, Sydney, Cincinnati, and Toronto symphony orchestras, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Bamberg Symphony. She has worked with the period-instrument orchestras Philharmonia Baroque and Handel and Haydn Society, and appeared regularly at the BBC Proms.
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, Glyndebourne, 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, Royal Danish Opera, and Teatro La Fenice. 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, and her core operatic repertoire also includes Monteverdi, Handel, and Britten. Highlights of recent seasons include The Magic Flute with Metropolitan Opera, Alcina with Washington Opera, L'Elisir d'amore for Houston Grand Opera, Medea for Opera Omaha, Così fan tutte for Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The Turn of the Screw, Jephtha, and Lucio Silla in Bordeaux, The Rape of Lucretia, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Così fan tutte, and The Marriage of Figaro 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.
Highlights of the 2021-2022 season include returns to the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, and debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, and the Orchestre Métropolitain of Montreal.
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. The author of the critically acclaimed books Mozart’s Women and Handel in London, she was created a Commander of the British Empire in the 2003 New Year’s Honours and a Dame Commander in the 2021 New Year's Honours.
Read more about Jane Glover in Early Music America.