Nominated for a Grammy in 2015 for her role (Athena) in Milhaud's Orestie, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane came to UNT in 2007 with an already extensive academic teaching background, having taught voice at Stanford University, the University of Kentucky, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and at summer programs and master classes for The Peabody Institute, San Francisco Conservatory, Baldwin-Wallace University, Oberlin College, The City University of New York, and many others. Also in 2015, two of her recordings (Threni and A Sermon, A Narrative, and A Prayer) were included in Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft's 30-CD Stravinsky Complete Edition. Prof. Lane is an ensemble member on the Grammy-winning Deutsche Grammophon recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 3, with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Many of her students are now successful professional singers and academicians themselves. Ms. Lane is recognized internationally for her stunning interpretations of repertoire ranging from the early baroque to that of today's composers. She has appeared at many of the most distinguished festivals and concert series worldwide, with conductors William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, Andrew Parrott, Howard Arman, Marc Minkowski, Helmut Rilling, Robert Craft, Graeme Jenkins and Robert Shaw, and is a prolific recording artist.
Ms. Lane has performed in opera and concert with the Tanglewood Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, New Getty Center, Frick Collection, Opernhaus Halle, Opernhaus Dessau, Utah Opera, Salzburger Bachgesellschaft, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Orchestra della Toscana, and New York City Opera, where she performed over twenty roles, including Amastre in its acclaimed production of Handel's Xerxes, voted opera production of the year by USA Today. She also sang on the Grammy winning recording by Deutsche Grammophon of Mahler's Symphony No. 3, Leonard Bernstein conducting.
The year 1999 marked her debut season with the Metropolitan Opera, where she was responsible for roles in Arnold Schoenberg's Moses und Aron and Leos Janacek's Katyà Kabanovà. In the fall of 2003 Jennifer Lane joined the San Francisco Opera for Virgil Thompson's The Mother of Us All and Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen, returning for Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Jennifer Lane's recent engagements include Brahms' Alto Rhapsody with the Lexington Philharmonic, the world premiere of Libby Larsen's Every Man Jack with Sonoma City Opera (role of Charmian London), Handel's Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Slowik conducting, and performances throughout Spain of Monteverdi's Orfeo (Messaggiera/Speranza) with Capella Ministrers. She has also recorded Rameau's Pygmalion and Handel's Terpsicore with Concert Royal in New York. At Palm Beach Opera, she recently garnered rave reviews as Marcellina inThe Marriage of Figaro with an all-Metropolitan Opera cast directed by Mario Corradi. She sang an all-Handel concert with the New York Collegium, and added two new recordings to her already extensive list of CDs: Schoenberg's song cycle Das Buch Der Hängenden Gärten and his chamber orchestra arrangement of the Lied der Waldtaube (Naxos), and Antonio Caldara Cantatas (Gaudeamus).
Other notable engagements include Purcell's Dido and Æneas at the Palau de la Musica in Valencia, Spain, and Œdipus Rex in Glasgow, Scotland. She was also heard in performances of Messiah, Andrew Parrott conducting, with the Handel and Haydn Society, and on the subsequent recording released by Arabesque, and with the Orchestra della Toscana in Italy; Stravinsky's Les Noces with the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas; and in Händel's Arianna at the Göttingen Festival with Philharmonia Baroque, Nicholas McGegan conducting.
Ms. Lane has appeared several times at the Göttingen Handel Festival with conductor Nicholas McGegan in Ariodante, recorded by Harmonia Mundi USA and winner of a Gramophone Award, and in Giustino (also recorded by HMU). In addition to the recent premiere of Larsen's Everyman Jack, she premiered the title role of Augusta Read Thomas' opera Ligeia, based on the life of Edgar Allen Poe, commissioned and conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich for his own festival in Evian, France, and performed the dual roles of Dido/Sorceress for the Mark Morris Dance Group's production of Dido & Æneas, filmed by Rhombus Media for BRAVO Television and recorded on CD by CBC Records. Dido & Æneas won awards at both the Banff Television Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival, among many others, and has been released on DVD. This DVD is now used by universities nationwide in humanities, opera, gender studies and other courses. Her singing is also featured in the film The Opera Lover available on DVD. Ms. Lane has over fifty commercial CD recordings on Harmonia Mundi USA, Naxos, Opus 111, CBC Records, Koch International, Newport Classic, PGM, Gaudeamus, Centaur, and Arabesque. With conductor Robert Craft, she has recorded Igor Stravinsky's Threni, Oedipus Rex (Jocasta), A Sermon, a Narrative, and a Prayer, Two Songs by Hugo Wolf, arr. Stravinsky, and Arnold Schoenberg's Gurrelieder (Waldtaube) on Koch. All are now re-mastered and re-released by Naxos. Her recent solo discs of Handel arias,Fury with Red Sparkling Eyes, and Own the Pow'r of Harmony! were released on Newport Classic and Magnatune.com. Her solo disc for Koch, The Pleasures & Follies of Love, was chosen as disc of the month by the journal Alte Musik Aktuell in Germany, and her solo disc of French airs de cours, available at www.magnatune.com/artists/orinda, was recently cited in the Wikipedia article on airs de cour. She just recorded Darius Milhaud's enormous Orestie under the supervision of composer William Bolcom. She performed and recorded J.S. Bach's Solo Cantatas for Alto, BWV 35, 169 and 170, with Rick Erickson and Bach Society Houston. Three of these were released on Amazon.com.
From 1996 to 2005, Jennifer Lane was a member of the faculty of music at Stanford University, where, in addition to teaching voice, she produced and directed several operas and built an early music collegium musicum. Her production of Dido & Æneas served as the culminating event in the Stanford Music Department's year-long 50th anniversary celebration. At Stanford, she also directed an evening of five 20th century American one-act operas, and Mozart's The Magic Flute. Her collegium at Stanford celebrated its third year by performing Shadwell & Dryden's adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, considered to be the first dramatic opera in English. Jennifer Lane has directed several Baroque opera productions at the Shakespeare Blackfriars Theatre in Staunton, VA, home of the American Shakespeare Company. These include Dido & Æneas, Semele and Acis & Galatea.
Jennifer Lane has taught master classes at Old Dominion University, Mannes College, CW Post University, Royal Academy of Music in London, Collegio Major Lluis Vives in Valencia, San Francisco Conservatory, Peabody Institute, University of Louisville, University of Alabama, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, USC, and for the San Francisco Opera Young Artists Program, among many others. She has also served on the faculties of the Lake Placid Institute, International Baroque Institute at Longy, Amherst Early Music Festival, and San Francisco Early Music Society Medieval/Renaissance and Baroque workshops. Prior to joining the faculty at UNT in January 2007, Ms Lane was associate professor of voice and opera at the University of Kentucky at Lexington, where she also directed the Lexington Opera Society's summer workshop. Students and former students of hers have been Metropolitan Opera National Council District Award winners, Orpheus prizewinners, and NATS 1st place prizewinners. Doctoral students of Jennifer Lane's are now assistant professors. Her former students sing nationally and internationally, and have appeared with young artist programs around the country, including St. Louis Opera, the Domingo-Cafritz Program at Washington Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Glimmerglass, Chautauqua, Cincinnati Opera, and Carmel Bach Festival, among others. Her students have been accepted for graduate study at the Manhattan School of Music, Royal Academy of Music in London, Peabody Institute, McGill, and Eastman School of Music.