The Howling Girls by Damien Ricketson and Adena Jacobs, created for Jane and commissioned by Sydney Chamber Opera in 2018, was recently awarded the prestigious Music Theatre NOW prize, presented by the Music Theatre NOW Network and ITI - International Theatre Institute. In 2019 The Howling Girls will attend the MTN meeting as part of Operadagen Rotterdam.
Conductor: Jack Symonds / Director: Imara Savage / Set & Costume Design: Elizabeth Gadsby / Lighting Design: Alexander Berlage / Assistant Director: Clemence Williams / Video Artist: Mike Daly
Solo Soprano: Jane Sheldon
Some review samples:
“Bold, uncompromising, and musically spectacular… even though we can’t see her face as she sings (although we get a decent sense of the character’s trauma from her onscreen expressions) [Jane Sheldon’s] body and voice convey the necessary depth of emotion and suffering, particularly as Weil reaches the end of her life. It's an extraordinary vocal performance, in terms of both storytelling and technique – she has a bright and full-bodied upper register that she uses generously over the course of the piece.” – Timeout
“Singing with crystalline accuracy, impressive agility and full-voiced power, Sheldon essayed the challenging solo part while watching a video of herself under a shower of rice grains. Her increasingly jerky onstage gestures mimicked her intensifying onscreen pain as she bowed under the weight of her burden… The impact was compelling and disturbing.” – The Australian
“Soprano Jane Sheldon delivered the solo vocal line with a fluid sound of glowing pristine beauty and transcendent iridescence.” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Her singing… radiates memorably throughout the evening. Her understanding of this extensive monodrama is exemplary, both in the technical and musical sense.” – The Conversation
Vocal artists: Ariadne Greif (USA), Sonya Holowell (Australia) 2018 Emerging Artist, Sofia Jernberg (Sweden), Deborah Kayser (Australia), Mitchell Riley (Australia), and Rully Shabara (Indonesia).
Directed by Kip Williams
Sex and power, fractured through time: a taut and seething contemporary take on Benjamin Britten’s operatic retelling of an unforgivable crime in ancient Rome. Eight singers and a chamber ensemble enter a ritual circle carved out for a thorny tale of virtue and depravity. Jane performs the role of Lucia.
Coming Down for Air is a collaboration with Alon Ilsar (Australia) and Tim Motzer (USA).
Alon Ilsar: drums, cymbals
Tim Motzer: guitar & electronics
Jane Sheldon: voice
recorded at 1k recordings, philadelphia dec 2016
vocals recorded in sydney, australia, 2017
engineering & mix: tim motzer and alon ilsar
mastering: eric bogacz at spice house, philadelphia
cover painting: tim motzer
design: tilomo & waggs
produced by tim motzer for 1k
publishing: one k music co (bmi)
On Nov 27, Sydney's Carriageworks launched their 2018 program, which includes two projects Jane is involved in: Sydney Chamber Opera's The Howling Girls, created for Jane by composer Damien Ricketson and director Adena Jacobs; and NYC's Resonant Bodies Festival, coming to Australia for a second year. Australian programming for Resonant Bodies is curated by Jane and fellow Australian soprano Jessica Aszodi.