Described as ‘show stopping’ (Jason Whittaker, Daily Review) and ‘a revelation’ (Peter Rose, Australian Book Review), Jane Ede is one of Australia’s most versatile sopranos. Jane has been performing as a principal soprano for Opera Australia for over a decade, with roles including Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Countess (The Marriage of Figaro), Musetta (La Bohéme), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Pamina & First Lady (The Magic Flute), Wellgunde (Ring Cycle), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Lady Billows (Albert Herring), Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Berta (The Barber of Seville) and Frasquita (Carmen) and the title role of Madama Butterfly for the Opera Australia Regional tour.
Jane has established a reputation for intelligent refined singing and dramatic flair. In addition to her performances with Opera Australia, Jane has covered extensively and initially attracted much notice for her opening night ‘jump in’ performances of both Adina and Lady Billows.
Roles for other companies include all the soprano roles in The Flight of Les Darcy with Music Theatre Sydney and the world premiere of Robert J Bradshaw’s chamber opera Gabriel for the International Trumpet Guild conference. Jane has also performed in numerous recitals and oratorios, including Handel’s Messiah, Canteloube’s Chants D’Auvergne, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate and Laudate Dominum, Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem and Faure’s Requiem.
Born in Sydney, Jane holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts from Wollongong University with a double major of Music and Acting, and a Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium. Jane was twice a finalist in the McDonalds Operatic Aria, as well as a finalist in the Opera Foundation’s New York Study Award, Covent Garden Scholarship and the Metropolitan Opera Award. In 2009 she won the inaugural Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Competition to join the Opera Australia Young Artist program in 2010.
Jane has been nominated for three Green Room Awards for opera for her portrayals of Fiordiligi, Alice Ford and Frasquita and has twice been mentioned in Paul Selar’s OperaChaser Awards for ‘Outstanding Female in a Supporting Role’ for her performances of Musetta and the Countess. She is featured in Opera Australia’s DVD recordings of Lakme and Rigoletto and on the Wirripang CD A Poet’s Composer.