Jane Irwin studied music at Lancaster University and singing at the Royal Northern College of Music as a mezzo. As a concert and recital singer she has appeared regularly in Britain, Europe and America. In 2002 she made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony under Mariss Jansons. She has sung for the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Berlin Festival, the Concertgebouw and the Musikverein. She has worked with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, Zurich Tonhalle, Philharmonia, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra. Jane has also worked with theconductors Myung Whun Chung, Sir Simon Rattle, Günther Herbig, Semyon Bychkov, Ivor Bolton, Andrew Davis, Libor Pesek, Donald Runnicles, Antonio Pappano, Sakari Oramo, Sir Mark Elder, Matthias Bamert, Trevor Pinnock, Petr Altrichter, Paul Daniel, Joseph Swensen, Sir Richard Armstrong and Jakov Kreizberg. She has given recitals at the ChÃ¢telet, Paris, London, Edinburgh, Geneva, Aix-en-Provence and Japan.
In 2009 Jane Irwin moved into asoprano repertoire. She sang her first Britten War Requiem in January 2010 for the Cambridge University Music Society under David Hill and has since sung Tatiana’s Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin at the Royal Festival Hall and Marie in Fragments from Wozzeck with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland on tour under Diego Masson. She has also performedIsolde’s Liebsestod in Sardinia, Sieglinde in Act1 of Die Walkure in Mexico City, Andromache in Tippett’s King Priam at the Brighton Festival, and Brunnhilde’s Immolation scene from Gotterdammerung with the Bremer Philharmoniker.
As a mezzo she made her debut at the Royal Opera House in a new production of Götterdämmerung asSecond Norn under Bernard Haitink returning in 2003 to sing Suzuki in Madam Butterfly. She has sung in Die Walküre at Bayreuth, Brangäne inTristan und Isolde for San Francisco Opera, English National Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, MÃ¨re MarieinDialogues des Carmélites for Lyric Opera of Chicago and appears regularly with Scottish Opera, highlights including; Waltraute in Götterdämmerung and Anezka in The Two Widows by Smetana at the Edinburgh Festival.
Recent and future engagements include Verdi requiem with RPO and Vladimir Jurowski at RFH, concerts with Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (with Sir Simon Rattle), National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, San Diego Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Orchestre National de Lyon and Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, as well as, Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde for the Deutsche Opera Berlin conducted by Donald Runnicles and directed by Graham Vick. Jane sang the role of Miss. Jessel in a recent performance of Turn of the Screw with Aurora Orchestra at Snape Maltings and LSO St. Luke’s. She performed her first Isolde for Regensburg opera last year and will sing the Foreign Princess in Saarbrucken in 2016.