JANE DUTTON – MEZZO SOPRANO
Acclaimed for her “irresistible force and passion” and her “her “rich and sonorous” sound, Jane Dutton has performed in top opera houses and prestigious concert venues including the Metropolitan Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, English National Opera, San Francisco Opera under leading conductors such as James Levine, Donald Runnicles, Seiji Ozawa, James Conlon, Kurt Masur, Marin Aslop, Mark Wigglesworth and Sebastian Weigle.
Jane Dutton made her European opera debut at the Gran Teatre Del Liceu in Barcelona as Anne Boleyn in Saint-Saëns’ Henry VIII and has been re-engaged by the theatre almost every season since her debut for roles including Adalgisa Norma, Pauline Pique Dame, Gertrude Hamlet, Maddalena Rigoletto, Suzuki Madama Butterfly and most recently Waltraute Die Walküre (and covered Fricka) alongside Placido Domingo and Waltraud Meier and La Nourrice in Paul Dukas’ Ariane et Barbe-Bleue. In 2007 Dutton made her UK operatic debut singing Amneris Aida in a new production for English National Opera under Edward Gardner and returned for the revival and as Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana in a new production by Richard Jones in the 2008/09 season. She also sang there her first Kundry in Nicolas Lenhoff’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, a role which she later recorded for Chandos’ popular Opera in English series.
In the US, Jane Dutton 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) Ariadne auf Naxos and Sonyetka Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for San Francisco Opera, Grimgerde Die Walküre for Los Angeles Opera and Sara Roberto Devereux for New York City Opera. Other recent US appearances include Gertrude Hamlet for Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Der Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos and Giulietta Tales of Hoffman for Indianapolis Opera; Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana for Virginia Opera; and Amneris Aida for Opera Carolina, Opera Birmingham, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Pittsburgh Opera. 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.
Jane Dutton’s orchestral repertoire extends from the Baroque to the contemporary. She has worked with the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Houston Symphony and at the Prague Autumn Festival with the Prague Radio Symphony. 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 has also performed Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall.
Recent engagements included Kundry Parsifal for English National Opera of which the New York Times commented that “Jane Dutton brought a dark-hued, vibrant voice and volatile intensity to the role of Kundry.” Other highlights include La Nourrice Ariane et Barbe-bleue at the Liceu in Barcelona, Eboli (cover) Don Carlos for the Metropolitan Opera, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) Symphony Orchestra at the United Nations in New York City, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the Houston Symphony Orchestra under Mark Wigglesworth and Act 1 concert version of Sieglinde Die Walkure) for Opera Birmingham.
An alumna of Yale and Indiana Universities, Jane Dutton 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 Dutton is represented by Intermusica worldwide.