Jane Sheldon is an Australian-American soprano and composer who specializes in the creation and performance of exploratory chamber music. Praised by the New York Times for singing “sublimely”, the Sydney Morning Herald for “a brilliant tour de force”, and The Washington Post for “a stunning performance”, Jane has established an international reputation for highly specialized contemporary opera and art music for voice. She has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera (AUS), Sound Icon (USA), Ekmeles (USA), Talea Ensemble (USA), Wet Ink (USA), the Australian String Quartet, and Sydney Chamber Opera (AUS), where she is an Artistic Associate. She has worked extensively with composers as they create new works for voice and has performed at international arts festivals such as the Sydney Festival, Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Prototype Festival, Tokyo Festival, and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
Described as “riveting” (New York Times), Jane’s compositions focus on the body in altered or transformative states. Recent work includes music created for Sydney Dance Company’s PPY20 Revealed, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s MCA Live program, as well as the Australian premiere of poem for a dried up river with Sydney Chamber Opera for Sydney Festival. Jane was an artist in residence for 2021 at the Sydney Observatory, working in collaboration with Elizabeth Gadsby and Imara Savage to create the unsunlike sun, a virtual reality artwork.
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