Jane Sheldon is an Australian-American soprano and composer who specialises 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, the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, Jacob’s Pillow, Prototype Festival, and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
Described as “riveting” (New York Times), Jane’s music focuses on the body in altered or transformative states. Work in 2020/21 includes compositions created for Sydney Dance Company’s PPY Revealed, visual artist Julia Davis, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Australian premiere of poem for a dried up river with Sydney Chamber Opera for Sydney Festival.
Jane is an artist in residence for 2021 at the Sydney Observatory, working in collaboration with Elizabeth Gadsby and Imara Savage.