her versatility, Jane Thorngren’s performance experience ranges from Early
Music to new works by contemporary composers. After beginning her performing
career at the early age of 3 1/2 in her hometown of Pilot
Mound, Iowa, and along the way receiving degrees in music from Drake University
and the University of Southern California, she is now equally at home on opera,
operetta and concert stages around the world.
In the United States, this distinguished soprano made her New York debut at
the Metropolitan Opera House with Covent Garden’s Royal Ballet as soprano
soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria. With the New York City Opera she appeared
to wide critical acclaim in two PBS Live from Lincoln Center telecasts: in the
title role of Lehar’s The Merry Widow (for which she was awarded NYCO’s
Diva Award) and as Musetta in the Emmy-winning La Bohème. New York audiences
have also heard her at Lincoln Center’s other venues, Avery Fisher Hall
with The Mostly Mozart Festival (in Handel’s Mitridate and Hadyn’s
Creation) and Alice Tully Hall (as Fifi in The Little Orchestra Society of New
York’s production of Victor Herbert’s Mademoiselle Modiste and in
a concert of Vivaldi’s Muses), as well as at Carnegie Hall with the New
York Choral Arts Society and in performances of Rutter’s Magnificat and
Hadyn’s Lord Nelson Mass. She has brought her portrayals of Violetta,
Mimi, Manon, Marguerite, Juliette, Olympia/Antonia/Giulietta, The Countess,
Micaela, Donna Elvira, Liu, Fiordiligi, The Governess, Gilda, Pamina and Roselinda
to national opera companies including Minnesota, Forth Worth, Palm Beach, Portland,
Baltimore, Columbus, Hawaii, Orlando, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Michigan
Opera, and the Canadian companies of Edmonton and Calgary.
In North America, her orchestral engagements have included the symphony orchestras
of Pittsburgh, Seattle, Phoenix, Hartford, Savannah, Colorado, Vermont, Alabama,
Toronto and Ottawa, as well as the chamber orchestras of Los Angeles, New York,
Cleveland, Stamford and Pasadena in repertoire by Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Hadyn,
Mahler, Mozart, Strauss, Grieg, Orff and Barber. She is also a frequent guest
in evenings of Viennese operetta highlights.
Special invitations have brought her to the Waterloo Festival in New Jersey,
The Oregon Bach Festival, and for several seasons to the Crested Butte Music
Festival in Colorado. She has appeared at the Hartford Wadsworth Atheneum Museum
of Art in programs coordinated with featured collections and has appeared in
New York at the Algonquin’s famous Oak Room in evenings of song.
Ms. Thorngren’s South American concert tours have taken her to Argentina,
Brazil, Chile and Bolivia, and she has performed a large repertoire of opera
(Die Zauberflöte, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Bohème, Don Giovanni,
La Traviata, Faust) and concert pieces over several seasons at the Festival
de Musique Saint-Barthélemy in the French West Indies.
The singer’s three years as principal soprano with the Mainz Opera in
Germany (singing the roles of Violetta, Fiordiligi, Euridice, Rosalinda, Saffi,
Marguerite, Manon and Jenny in Aufstief und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) set the
stage for many European engagements including the Paris Opera, the Hamburg Carmen
2000 Festival, The Messiah with the Netherlands Handel Society at Amsterdam’s
Concertgebouw, Handel’s Samson and Israel in Egypt with Philharmonischer
Chor Köln and the Gürzenich Orchestra, Handel’s Belshazzar with
the Düsseldorf Symphony and on tours in The Netherlands (with the Philips’
Philharmonisch Koor) and in France (with the Orchestre Baroque de Luneville)
of Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew Passions.
Jane Thorngren has also appeared extensively in Asia where engagements have
taken her to Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Philharmonic as Roselinda in Die Fledermaus,
on tour with the Deutsche Philharmonica Hungarica throughout Japan in Beethoven’s
Ninth Symphony as well as other concerts tours to Japan, The Philippines, Taiwan,
Korea, Indonesia, China, Singapore and Fiji.
With the release of her new CD, This and My Heart, she returns to one of her
first loves, art song literature. Song recitals have taken her to New York,
California and Iowa in recent months, as well as to Aspen’s Harris Hall
and Seattle’s new Benaroya Recital Hall.
Ms. Thorngren can be heard on the RCM recording Northwest Journey by composer
Morten Lauridsen and on Mantra by composer Somei Satoh (New Albion Records).