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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Truro superstar soprano Jane Archibald joins Symphony Nova Scotia for its season grand finale, the Mozart and Strauss Festival

Halifax, NS, April 22, 2014 - Symphony Nova Scotia teams up with Nova Scotia superstar soprano Jane Archibald for the grand finale of its 2013/14 concert season. Running from April 30 to May 4, the Mozart and Strauss Festival will feature two blockbuster performances from Truro native Jane Archibald, whose stratospheric career has taken her around the world as one of the most in-demand sopranos of our time.

“Jane Archibald is a world star, and I can't tell you how excited and thrilled I am that she is performing with us,” says Maestro Bernhard Gueller, who will be conducting both of the Festival’s full orchestra performances. “Together we will perform Mozart concert arias, which are very virtuosic; Strauss’ very famous Four Last Songs; and a major aria from Strauss’ Ariadne of Naxos, which is a voice killer. You will be very amazed at what the human voice can do.”

Jane’s career began in Truro, NS, and a performance with Symphony Nova Scotia was among her first professional engagements. Since then, she has performed major roles in opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra National de Paris, the Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Scala Milan, and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She is also the recipient of multiple honours and awards, including the 2012 JUNO Award for Vocal Classical Album of the Year. Her critical praise includes:

·         “Archibald shows off a spectacular instrument and gorgeous technique. . . This is a treat from beginning to end.” –

·         “An unbelievable mastery of singing, controlled with apparent ease… technical ease combined with a remarkable dramatic presence.” – Le Figaro

·         “She proved her reputation as ‘the coloratura soprano of our time’ . . . Nothing is too heavy for Jane Archibald's stupendous vocal virtuosity. Breathtaking!” – DrehPunkt Kultur

·         “…the coloratura of soprano Jane Archibald as Zerbinetta, who stopped the show with her brilliant vocal pyrotechnics. Together they represented what this opera is all about: the contrast between deep and profound art, and light, delightful entertainment.” – The Globe and Mail

·         “...Jane Archibald is magnetic, witty and winning as a flapper Zerbinetta à la Sally Bowles. With her almost casual brilliance in the aria ‘Grossmächtige Prinzessin,’ Archibald stops the show.” – Opera News

Jane will join Symphony Nova Scotia for two of the Mozart and Strauss Festival’s three performances:

·         Musically Speaking will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the Dalhousie Arts Centre’s MacAloney Room. Through intimate chamber music performances from Halifax pianist Peter Allen and candid commentary from Dalhousie University Professor Adrian Hoffman, you’ll experience the ultimate insiders’ perspective on the festival’s featured composers. Highlights include two stunning solo piano works: Mozart's Sonata in C minor and Strauss' Sonata in B minor.

·         The Festival’s first full-orchestra concert is Jane Archibald Sings Mozart on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Jane sings several of Mozart's virtuoso concert arias, alongside the highly technical, hugely popular aria “Grössmachtige Prinzessin” (“High and Mighty Princess”) from Strauss’ beloved Ariadne auf Naxos. The orchestra also performs Tchaikovsky’s delightful Mozartiana, written in tribute to Mozart, and Mozart’s exceptional Symphony no. 25, well-known to modern listeners through its prominent use in the 1984 film Amadeus.

·         Jane Archibald Sings Strauss completes the Festival on Sunday, May 4 at 7:30 pm at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Jane sings Strauss' heart-wrenchingly beautiful Four Last Songs, and Symphony Nova Scotia’s expanded orchestra performs two other massive Strauss masterpieces: Don Juan and Death and Transfiguration.

Get your tickets now! Prices range from $30-57 (HST included), and are $15 for under-30s. Call 494.3820 or visit our website
About Jane Archibald
Jane Archibald's career trajectory, which began in Truro NS, has taken her from Toronto to San Francisco to the Vienna State Opera. Her artistry is now generating excitement across Europe and North America with engagements including the title role inLucia di Lammermoor and Konstanze in Zurich; Olympia and Cleopatra at the Opéra National de Paris; Sophie in Der Rosenkavalierat La Scala Milan and in Berlin; and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos at Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and in Munich.

Jane’s February 2009 performance as Zerbinetta at Berlin’s Deutsche Oper garnered her rave reviews from the European press. Heralded as “the coloratura of our time”, she has achieved stunning success as a Canadian singer on the world stage, very recently in a house and role debut at the MET where she stepped in at short notice as Opheìlie in Hamlet.
At Vienna State Opera, Jane successfully debuted major coloratura roles including the Queen of the Night, Olympia, Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier and Werther) and Musetta. The 2007/08 season also included performances of Queen of the Night for the Grand Théâtre de Genève and her role debut as Cleopatra for the Opéra de Marseille. In 2006/07, she gave a significant role debut as Zerbinetta in Geneva, replacing another singer on short notice, to universal acclaim.
A native of Truro, Nova Scotia, Jane began her professional career after graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University. She also attended training programs at the Orford Arts Centre and the Tanglewood Music Center. Her first contracts included engagements with Canadian organizations such as Symphony Nova Scotia, the Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, Opera Ontario (Delibes' Lakmé, her professional operatic debut), Toronto Operetta Theatre, Opera in Concert, Roy Thomson Hall, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Indian River Festival, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, among many others.
Her first solo CD, a program of Haydn coloratura arias with the Symphony Orchestra of Bienne, has been released on the ATMA Classique label and won the 2012 JUNO Award for Classical Album of the Year (Vocal or Choral Performance). She has been critically acclaimed for her earlier recordings of works by Vivaldi and Charpentier with the Aradia Ensemble for Naxos and Strauss'Deutsche Motette with Accentus for the Naive label. A Canada Council grant recipient, she was also the 2006 winner of the Sylva Gelber Foundation award for the most talented musician under 30.
About Symphony Nova ScotiaSymphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia’s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 15,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love – from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is one of the most broadcast orchestras in the country, with over 20 commercial releases and multiple East Coast Music Awards. to learn more, listen online, or get tickets today!

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