Professor Jane Glover

Jane Glover

Royal Academy Opera

CBE, MA, DPhil, Hon FRCM, Hon RAM

Director of Opera

 Director of Opera at the Royal Academy of Music, Jane Glover is also Music Director of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. She joined Glyndebourne in 1979, where she was Music Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera from 1981 to 1985. From 1984 to 1991 she was Artistic Director of the London Mozart Players.

Jane Glover has appeared with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Berlin Staatsoper, Royal Danish Opera, Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Australia, Opera Theatre of St Louis, and the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. A Mozart specialist, her core repertoire also includes Monteverdi, Handel and Britten. Other operatic repertoire includes Purcell, Gluck, Beethoven, Rossini, Donizetti, Humperdinck and Knussen.

In concert she has performed with all the major orchestras in Britain, repeatedly at the BBC Proms, and in recent seasons has also appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the St Louis Symphony, the Orchestra of St Luke’s (Carnegie Hall), the Sydney Symphony, the Philharmonia, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the London Mozart Players and the City of London Sinfonia, as well as the period orchestras the Philharmonia Baroque, and the Handel & Haydn Society in Boston. Her many recordings include Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Britten and Walton with the London Mozart Players, the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the BBC Singers. Most recently she has released recordings of Haydn Masses, and Handel’s Messiah.  

Her book, Mozart’s Women, was published to great critical acclaim in September 2005. It was nominated for both the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Non-Fiction. 

Recent engagements include Don Giovanni with Opera Theatre of St Louis, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Aspen Music Festival, Gluck’s Armide for the Metropolitan Opera Young Artists with the Juilliard School and concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. For Royal Academy Opera she has conducted Cavalli’s Il Giasone, Così fan tutte, the world première of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s opera Kommilitonen!, Béatrice et Bénédict, and Die Zauberflöte . Forthcoming engagements include her return to the Proms and to Opera Theatre of St Louis, Mozart Dances (with the Mark Morris Dance Group) in Madrid and Toronto, Lucio Silla in Bordeaux, and her debut (Die Zauberflöte) at the Metropolitan Opera.

Jane Glover studied at the University of Oxford, where, after graduation, she did her D.Phil. on seventeenth-century Venetian opera. She holds honorary degrees from several other universities, has a personal Professorship at the University of London, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music. From 1990 to 1995 she served on the Board of Governors of the BBC. She was created a CBE in the 2003 New Year’s Honours.