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Praised by the New York Times for singing “sublimely” and described as “superb, with a voice of penetrating beauty, precision and variegated colours” (Sydney Morning Herald), Australian-American soprano Jane Sheldon has sung under the direction of William Christie, Charles Dutoit, Antony Walker, and Reinbert de Leeuw. Specializing in early music and active in the creation and performance of new works, she has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Boston Camerata, Sydney Symphony, Halcyon, The Song Company, Synergy Percussion and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. She has appeared in New York City Opera’s Vox Festival (2012) performing music of John Zorn, in the MATA Festival (2014) as a member of Ekmeles, and in the 2014 Resonant Bodies Festival. She has also appeared with Boston ensembles Sound Icon and Firebird Ensemble, and New York’s Wet Ink. In 2015 she was appointed as an Artistic Associate of Sydney Chamber Opera.

Jane’s latest album, Nature, was nominated in Australia’s AIR Awards for Best Independent Classical Album of 2014; her 2012 release, North + South, was nominated for a 2013 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album. Throughout 2013 Jane toured extensively for composer John Zorn’s 60th birthday celebrations, appearing at Lincoln Center Festival, New York’s Metropolitan Museum, London’s Barbican, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival, the Adelaide Festival in Australia, and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK. Engagements in 2014 included Bach’s Magnificat for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra; Stockhausen’s Stimmung with Ekmeles in New York; the world premiere of Kati Agocs’s Divani Hayati with soprano Anne Harley in Los Angeles; and the launch of Symbioses, a traveling contemporary chamber music series directed by Jane. In 2015 she formed Thump and Wail, a trio with percussionist Dennis Sullivan and saxophonist Ed Rosenberg.

In 2011 Jane was awarded Performance of the Year at the Australian Art Music Awards for The Origin Cycle, with Ensemble Offspring. In this piece, which was commissioned in 2009 by Jane and philosopher of science Peter Godfrey-Smith, 8 Australian composers set text from Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. More information about the work and its performances can be found here. The Origin Cycle is one of a number of projects Jane has co-curated which make connections between art and science. This work has involved collaborations with Harvard University, Stanford University, the Australian National University, and the Australian Museum. These projects have drawn inspiration from 19th century biology, wave physics, and avian vocal anatomy.

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 most recently on 2010’s Shadowland: The Music of Paul Stanhope, and 2013′s Learning to Howl: Music by Andrew Ford. In 2007, Eliza Aria, a track from her ABC recording of Elena Kats-Chernin’s Wild Swans, made with Ola Rudner and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, reached no.1 on the UK iTunes classical music charts. The same recording currently provides the opening theme tune for ABC Radio National’s Late Night Live program. Jane’s voice has been featured in sound design for theatre, art installations, film, and dance, including Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Clan (Australia), Belvoir St Theatre’s Hedda Gabler and Bondi Dreaming (Australia), Sydney Theatre Company’s Suddenly Last Summer (Australia), Summerhall’s The Voice Thief (UK), Joe Felber and Lucy Guerin’s 25 Songs on 25 Lines of Words (Australia), and Fondation Cartier’s Musings on A Glass Box (France).

In 2013 she performed the world premiere staging of Gija Kancheli’s Exil for Sydney Chamber Opera, directed by Adena Jacobs. She returns to the company for a new staging of Romitelli’s An Index of Metals in 2015. Other upcoming performances include music by John Zorn for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at LACMA.

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Praised by the New York Times for singing “sublimely” and described as “superb, with a voice of penetrating beauty, precision and variegated colours” (Sydney Morning Herald), New York-based Australian soprano Jane Sheldon has sung under the direction of William Christie, Charles Dutoit, Antony Walker, and Reinbert de Leeuw. Specializing in early music and active in the creation and performance of new works, she has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Boston Camerata, Sydney Symphony, Halcyon, The Song Company, Synergy Percussion, Sydney Chamber Opera, and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. She has appeared in New York City Opera’s Vox Festival (2012), and in the MATA Festival (2014) as a member of Ekmeles. She is a member of the acclaimed touring ensemble for composer John Zorn, and has also appeared with Boston’s Sound Icon and Firebird Ensemble, and New York’s Wet Ink. In 2011 Jane was awarded Performance of the Year at the Australian Art Music Awards for The Origin Cycle, a work she co-commissioned. Jane’s recent album, North + South, was nominated for Best Classical Album of 2013 at Australia’s ARIA awards.