October 1, 2012

Acclaimed Soprano Jane Eaglen in Residence at NEC to Work with Opera Students, Oct. 15—18

Will Lead Three Free Masterclasses Open to the Public

Acclaimed Wagnerian soprano Jane Eaglen will return to New England Conservatory, Oct. 15—18 to work with NEC’s opera students as part of a new opera institute initiative. Eaglen will do private coaching and lead three public masterclasses. Those free sessions will take place Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. in Williams Hall; Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. in Brown Hall; and Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. in Williams Hall.  Eaglen’s is the first of two opera residencies this year. Bass-baritone Greer Grimsley, greatly admired for his Wotan with Seattle Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, will lead the second, November 13—15.

The institute residencies are among the enhancements to the Conservatory’s Voice and Opera program that also include the recent appointments of Stephen Lord as Artistic Advisor, Joshua Major as Chair of Opera Studies and Luretta Bybee as Chair of Vocal Arts; the creation of an Artist Diploma in Opera program; and a newly announced partnership with Opera Theatre of St Louis.

About Jane Eaglen
With a reputation as one of the leading sopranos in the modern era, Jane Eaglen has enjoyed unique success with opera’s greatest composers: Bellini, Mozart, Puccini, Strauss, and Wagner. Notably, her interpretations of Wagner have led fans and critics alike to proclaim her a worthy successor to such legendary dramatic sopranos as Leider, Flagstad, Traubel and Nilsson. Indeed, critics have said Ms. Eaglen portrays “Isolde with an irresistible vocal passion rarely heard since the days of Birgit Nilsson;  and that she is “the first soprano since Ms. Nilsson to make singing the role seem natural.” 

Whether Donna Anna, Norma, Turandot, Ariadne, Isolde, or the three Brünnhildes, Eaglen has performed these roles – and many others – to critical acclaim with the world’s leading opera houses including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, l’Opéra National de Paris, Royal Opera Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Teatro alla Scala, and the Wiener Staatsoper.

Even while continuing to perform, Eaglen has increased her pedagogic endeavors. She served as Senior Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington School of Music from 2006-2010; served as the Principal Voice Instructor for the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program; teaches periodically at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice; and returns frequently to mentor the Merola Program at San Francisco Opera.

For further information, check the NEC Website or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122.  NEC’s Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. Pierce Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory in Boston, MA offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world.  Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars.  Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide.  Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, contemporary improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Programs and Partnerships Program, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors.  Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music, jazz, and contemporary improvisation.

NEC presents more than 900 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, century-old, beautifully restored concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz, contemporary improvisation, and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre or Paramount Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Senior Communications Specialist
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115