Sydney born Jane Ede completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music/Acting) at the Wollongong University before graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2000 with a Diploma of Opera. She has been a finalist in the McDonalds Operatic Aria Award, Opera Foundation Australia’s New York Study Award, Covent Garden Opera Study Scholarship and Metropolitan Opera Award. In 2010 she joined the Opera Australia Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist program.
Jane’s 2015 engagements include the roles of Pamina and First Lady in The Magic Flute, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Countess in The Marriage of Figaro and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.
Recent roles for Opera Australia have included Lady Billows (Albert Herring), Diana (Orpheus in the Underworld), Wellgunde in Das Rheingold andGötterdämmerung for the Melbourne Ring Cycle, Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), First Lady (The Magic Flute), Frasquita (Carmen), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Ellen (Lakmé), the Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto), Mrs Segstrom (A Little Night Music), Lucy and Nurse 2 in the world premiere of Brett Dean’s Bliss, and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Kate Pinkerton and Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) for OzOpera.
Other roles include Fiametta (Gondoliers), 2nd Novice (Suor Angelica), Edith and Isobel in Opera Australia’s national tour of The Pirates of Penzance,Pamina (The Magic Flute), Gretel/Witch (Hansel and Gretel) and Clown/Juggler in Sid the Serpent for OA’s School’s Tours, and all soprano roles in The Flight of Les Darcy for Music Theatre Sydney. In 2010, Jane performed as soloist in the world premiere of Robert J. Bradshaw’s chamber operaGabriel for the International Trumpet Guild conference.
Jane’s performance experience encompasses opera, recitals, oratorio and musical theatre. Her oratorio repertoire includes; The Seasonings, The Wife of Bath, Chants D’Auvergne (Canteloube), Dona Nobis Pacem (Vaughan Williams), Gloria (Vivaldi), Ode on St Cecilia’s Day and Messiah(Handel), Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini), Laudate Dominum, Exsultate Jubilate and Mass in C (Mozart), Cantata ‘Wachet Auf’ (Bach) and Requiem(Fauré). Jane has also performed a program of Verdi repertoire for the Societe Raffaele de Noumea, a program of Mozart repertoire that was televised on RFO, and appeared as the featured singer on an episode of Sleek Geeks on ABC TV in 2007.