Jane Eaglen in conversation with Christopher Cook

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  • Jane Eaglen in conversation with Christopher Cook
    26 February 2021
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Jane Eaglen in conversation

with Christopher Cook

ZOOM WEBINAR: 6:30PM, 26th February 2021


Jane Eaglen

Jane Eaglen has one of the most formidable reputations in the opera world today. Enjoying unique success in the contrasting roles of Isolde ( for the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Teatro Liceu Barcelona, Lyric Opera of Chicago and in Puerto Rico ); Norma (performed for the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Ravenna Festival with Maestro Muti, and the Bastille ); and Brunnhilde (performed in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Milan, New York, Oslo and the UK), she has garnered spectacular reviews worldwide. Other memorable operatic performances include Ariadne for Seattle Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and in London; Senta (Die fliegende Hollander) for Seattle Opera and in concert with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; Lady Macbeth in Vancouver; Ortrud ( Lohengrin ) for Seattle Opera; La Gioconda in Chicago and London; Tosca in Japan and London; Donna Anna in New York, Vienna, Los Angeles, Munich and Bologna; and many others.
Her equally impressive reputation on the concert platform include performances of Strauss Four Last Songs with Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Strauss final scene Salome with the Zubin Mehta and the New York Phiharmonic and Sir Richard Hickox and the London Symphony Orchestra; Wagner’s Immolation Scene with both Bernard Haitink and Jeffrey Tate and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Zubin Mehta and the NY Philharmonic; Verdi’s Requiem with Danielle Gatti and the Orchestra of St Cecilia, Rome; Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Klaus Tennstedt; Nabucco with Riccardo Muti for the Ravenna Festival; Gurrelieder with Claudio Abbado for the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals; Die Walkure and Siegfried with James Conlon in Cologne, and many others.
Jane Eaglen’s numerous recordings include many solo albums for Sony Classical: arias by Wagner and Bellini, arias by Strauss and Mozart; Strauss Four Last Songs and other song cycles, and Italian Opera Arias. Her recording of Wagner’s Tannhauser with Barenboim for Teldec earned a Grammy for Best Complete Opera. She may also be heard in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Chailly for Decca; in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Abbado for Sony; as Tosca for Chandos; as Norma with Muti for EMI, and in the title role of Opera Rara’s recently rereleased Medea in Corinto. In addition, Miss Eaglen is featured on Sony’s soundtrack for the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.
Ms Eaglen was honored by Congress in the United States House of Representatives, and has been awarded honorary Doctor of Music from McGill University, Montreal and from Bishop Grossteste University College, Lincoln, UK. Ms Eaglen was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Licea Albanese-Puccini Foundation, and is an honorary member of the Northern California Wagner Society. She was awarded the Reginald Goodall Award from the Wagner Society of London. She is a regular Master Teacher and mentor the San Francisco Opera Merola Program and Cardiff International Academy of Voice and is now a voice and opera faculty member at the New England Conservatory in Boston and director of the Boston Wagner Institute at NEC.


Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook began his career in television, producing for BBC 2 and Channel 4. He broadcasts regularly on BBC Radios 3, 4, and 5. He is a regular contributor to BBC Music Magazine and has written for Gramophone and International Record Review.  He teaches for the University of Syracuse on their London Programme and for the British American Drama Academy, and was a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts, London. He has chaired pre-concert events for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hallé Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Study Days at Glyndebourne and at the Royal Opera House, where he also interviews for their ‘In Conversation with …‘ programmes. He has chaired English National Opera’s pre-opera series for eight years. Christopher was the Director of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature in 2004 and Chair of the Cheltenham International Music Festival until 2013.


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