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Jane Bryden (Soprano)

Born: USA

The American soprano, Jane Bryden, was a student of Herbert Burtis.

Jane Bryden is a highly acclaimed and distinguished advocate of chamber music, who has appeared with St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, and Calliope. In addition, she is well known as a historically informed performer of Baroque music and collaborates with such period instrument ensembles as the Bach Ensemble, Boston Museum Trio, Aston Magna, Aulos Ensemble, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra. Jane Bryden performed the role of Angelica in Peter Sellar's production of George Frideric Handel's Orlando and is a founding member of Boston's Emmanuel Music with whom she has given more than 100 performances of Bach cantatas in the liturgical context.

Jane Bryden has also been a soloist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Symphony. Other career highlights include touring Israel with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and premiering Andrew Imbrie's Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edo de Waart. In the world premieres of Ronald Perera's operas The Yellow Wallpaper and S at Smith College, she created the roles of Charlotte and Sarah. She played the title role in 'S', an opera by Ronald Perrara, based on the novel of John Updyke. Other composers whose works she has premiered include John Harbison, Earl Kim, Martin Boykan, Donald Sur, and Donald Wheelock.

As a recipient of a Howard Foundation grant, Jane Bryden produced and participated in a festival of the music of Luigi Dallapiccola. Her recent performances include the W.A. Mozart's Requiem at Tanglewood with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Andrew Parrott directing (recorded for Denon), a series of Bach Cantata recordings for the BBC in London, the Johannes Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer for the Mark Morris Dance Company, and solo recitals at the Hopkins Center and Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.

Her recordings have been released on Koch International Classics, L'Oiseau Lyre, Pro Arte, Angel, Denon, CBS Masterworks, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, and CRI. A CD of Robert Schumann songs with fortepiano has recently been released by Gasparo Records.

Jane Bryden is the Iva Dee Hiatt Professor of Music at Smith College, Northampton, MA.

Source: Herbert Burtis, Musician, Author, Educator - Students and Collegues; Smith College Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (September 2001, June 2003)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




John Harbison


BWV 44, BWV 101 [w/ Cantata Singers]

Joshua Rifkin


BWV 80, BWV 147, BWV 243
G.M. Hoffmann: German Magnificat BWV Anh 21

Kenneth Slowik


BWV 245 [1st]

Links to other Sites

Herbert Burtis, Musician, Author, Educator - Students and Collegues

Smith College Music Department: Jane Bryden

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