Acclaimed for her “irresistible force and passion” and her “her “rich and sonorous” sound Jane Dutton has been engaged and re-engaged in many of the top opera houses in the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu and San Francisco Opera under leading conductors such as Levine, Runnicles, Ozawa, and Conlon.
Over the last few years, Ms. Dutton has transitioned from mezzo-soprano to soprano repertoire, and she now focuses on the dramatic soprano repertoire. She made her role debut as Kundry in Parsifal at English National Opera, earning high praise from The New York Times: “Jane Dutton brought a dark-hued, vibrant voice and volatile intensity to the role of Kundry.” She reprised the role of Kundry at Aalto Theater Essen, marking her debut in Germany; and she performed Sieglinde in a concert performance of Act 1 of DieWalküre with Opera Birmingham. She sang her first Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer in May 2013 with Indianapolis Opera, and she reprise that role for Opera Hong Kong in the fall of 2013. She made her role debut as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde with Theater Kiel in Germany in early 2014. She will sing Irene in Rienzi and Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer for Theater Kiel in 2015. Future engagements also include her first Brünnhilde in Die Walküre in both Germany and England.
Jane made her European opera debut at the Gran Teatre Del Liceu in Barcelona as Anne Boleyn in Saint-Saëns’ Henry VIII and was re-engaged numerous times by the theater since her debut for roles including Adalgisa Norma, Pauline Pique Dame, Gertrude Hamlet, Maddalena Rigoletto, Suzuki Madama Butterfly, Waltraute Die Walküre and Frick cover alongside Placido Domingo and Waltraud Meier and most recently, La Nourrice in Paul Dukas’ Ariane et Barbe-Bleue.
She made her debut at the Tokyo Opera Nomori in Elektra with Seiji Ozawa and was subsequently invited by Ozawa to the Saito Kinen Festival. In the 07-08 season, Jane made her UK operatic debut singing Amneris Aida in a new production for English National Opera under Edward Gardner and was immediately invited back for the revival and for Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticanain a new production by Richard Jones in the 08-09 season. Jane returned to ENO to sing her first Kundry in Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s famed production of Parsifal alongside John Tomlinson and Stuart Skelton with Mark Wigglesworth conducting. She made her highly acclaimed role and house debut as Eboli Don Carlos in a Tim Albery production for Opera North. Jane also recorded the role of Eboli for Chandos’ popular Opera in English series.
In the US, Jane has sung Jordan Baker in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby, Stephano in Roméo et Juliette, and roles in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Lulu, Madama Butterfly and Rigoletto for the Metropolitan Opera, Der Komponist(cvr) in Ariadne auf Naxos and Sonyetka in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for San Francisco Opera, Grimgerde in Die Walküre for Los Angeles Opera, and Sara Roberto Devereux for New York City Opera.
Other US appearances include Amneris Aida for Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera Birmingham, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Gertrude Hamlet for Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Der Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos, Giulietta Tales of Hoffman for Indianapolis Opera.
Jane’s orchestral repertoire extends from the Baroque to the contemporary. She has worked with the New York Philharmonic/Kurt Masur, Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz, Colorado Symphony/Marin Alsop, Indianapolis Symphony/Mario Venzago, Houston Symphony/Mark Wigglesworth, and at the Prague Autumn Festival with the Prague Radio Symphony(John Nelson, conducting). She made her UK concert debut singing Wagner’s Wesendonk Lieder with the BBC Scottish Symphony, which led to an invitation by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Dublin for the same repertoire. She recently performed Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall.
More recent engagements include La Nourrice in Ariane et Barbe-bleue at the Liceu in Barcelona, Eboli (cover) in Don Carlos for the Metropolitan Opera, Beethovenʼs Ninth Symphony with the KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) Symphony Orchestra at the United Nations in New York City, Prokofievʼs Alexander Nevsky with the Houston Symphony Orchestra under Mark Wigglesworth and Act 1 concert version of Sieglinde in Die Walküre for Opera Birmingham.
Jane was a finalist in Placido Domingo’s Operalia World Opera Competition, she has been awarded prizes in numerous competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Eastern Regionals, McAllister Competition, Opera Index, Puccini Foundation, and Baltimore Opera Competition. Jane received her Bachelor of Music & Master of Music at Indiana University, where she studied with famed Wagnerian, Margaret Harshaw. She received her Artist Diploma from Yale University and is a student of Doris Yarick Cross.
Throughout her career, the versatile mezzo-soprano has performed a wide range of repertoire with opera companies throughout North America including Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Carolina, Cleveland Opera, New Orleans Opera, Arizona Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Virginia Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Omaha, Central City Opera, Madison Opera, Opera Birmingham, Toledo Opera, Berkshire Opera and Connecticut Grand Opera.