Soprano Jane Sheldon specialises in chamber music. Praised by the New York Times for singing “sublimely”, by the Sydney Morning Herald for “a brilliant tour de force”, and The Australian for bringing “mesmerising emotional truth” to her work, she has appeared with acclaimed ensembles across the globe, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Pinchgut Opera, Boston Camerata, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian String Quartet, Talea Ensemble, Acacia Quartet, and Synergy Percussion.
Jane is an alumna of with Ekmeles, a New York-based group of specialists in avant-garde vocal music and she is a member of the international touring ensemble for composer John Zorn. She has appeared at international arts festivals such as the Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival, Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. In 2011 Jane was awarded Performance of the Year with Ensemble Offspring at the Australian Art Music Awards for The Origin Cycle, a work she co-commissioned, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Harvard University, Stanford University, the Australian National University, and the Australian Museum.
She is the director of Symbioses, a traveling chamber music series focused on duos and trios, and is a proud Artistic Associate of Sydney Chamber Opera. Upcoming engagements include music by John Zorn at the Louvre in Paris; the Melbourne launch of Resonant Bodies, an American festival of experimental vocal music which Jane is bringing to Australia with fellow soprano Jessica Aszodi; and Britten's Rape of Lucretia with Sydney Chamber Opera.
Excerpts from Jane Sheldon's North + South Album with Acacia Quartet.
Jane Sheldon singing Eliza Aria by Elena Kats-Chernin.
‘…alluringly performed… she performs rapid arpeggiated passages with pinpoint accuracy, slipping into phrases of great smoothness that are seductive and hypnotic.’ – Sounds Like Sydney