Dramatic soprano Jane Eaglen joined New England Conservatory's voice studio faculty beginning with the 2013–2014 academic year.
Eaglen has enjoyed one of the most formidable reputations in opera for the past two decades. Her performances of roles such as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde, the title roles in Puccini’s Turandot, Bellini’s Norma, and Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen have earned her acclaim on stages of the leading opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera, and l’Opera National de Paris.
Other notable roles in her repertoire include the title roles of Tosca (English National Opera as well as in Argentina, Australia, and Japan), La Gioconda (English National Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago), and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Bavarian State Opera, English National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, etc.), Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera (Paris and Bologna).
She has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta (“Immolation” Scene from Götterdämmerung and the final scene from Strauss’s Salome), Chicago Symphony conducted by Daniel Barenboim (Strauss’s Four Last Songs), Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink (“Immolation” Scene from Götterdämmerung), Orchestra of Santa Cecilia conducted by Daniele Gatti (Verdi Requiem), Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 conducted by Klaus Tennstedt, Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder conducted by Claudio Abbado for the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals, plus concert performances of Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung with the Gurzenich Orchestra of Cologne conducted by James Conlon.
Eaglen’s extensive discography includes a number of solo albums for Sony Classical: “Arias by Wagner and Bellini:” “Arias by Strauss and Mozart;” “Strauss’ Four Last Songs” (which includes Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Berg’s Seven Early Songs), and “Italian Opera Arias.” The complete recording of Wagner’s Tannhäuser conducted by Daniel Barenboim for Teldec earned her a Grammy Award. She may also be heard in recordings of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 conducted by Riccardo Chailly for Decca, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 conducted by Claudio Abbado for Sony Classical, Tosca for Chandos, Norma conducted by Riccardo Muti for EMI, and the title role in Medea in Corinto for Opera Rara. Her voice is also featured on Sony Classical’s soundtrack for the film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility.
For her services to the arts, Eaglen was honored by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005 and by the Licia Albanese–Puccini Foundation with their Baccarat Award in 2008. She received an honorary Doctor of Music from McGill University, Doctor of the University by Bishop Grossteste University College, Lincoln, England, and as an Honorary Member of the Wagner Society of Northern California and the Ohio Wagner Society.
While continuing to perform, she is active as a teacher. In addition to her new full-time teaching role at NEC, she is cofounder and artistic director of the Wagner Intensive summer program held at Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music. She has also served as Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington School of Music, Principal Vocal Instructor for the Young Artist Program of the Seattle Opera, teaches periodically at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice, and returns annually to teach and mentor young artists for the Merola Program at the San Francisco Opera.
Former faculty of Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music.
- Grammy Award for Wagner: Tannhäuser (2002)
- Tribute paid by U.S. House of Representatives, 2005
- Honorary doctorates from McGill University, Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln
- International Fellow in voice, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
- Fellow, Royal Northern College of Music
- Metropolitan Opera
- Seattle Opera
- Berlin Philharmonic
- Berlin State Opera
- Chicago Lyric Opera
- other major opera houses and orchestras throughout the world