Jane Manning (soprano) was born in Norwich and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and in Switzerland with Frederick Husler. She has more than 35 years' international experience in an exceptionally wide-ranging repertoire, and is especially celebrated world-wide as an indefatigable interpreter of new music. She has given more than 350 world premieres to date, and has worked closely with composers such as Ades, Bennett, Birtwistle, Cage, Carter, Harvey, Lutyens, Knussen, and Weir. Operatic roles created by her include that of Max in Oliver Knussen's WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (Brussels Opera).She gave the world premiere of John Cage's EUROPERA III at the Almeida Theatre and toured it throughout Europe. Judith Weir's one-woman opera KING HARALD'S SAGA, written for her in 1979 has become a miniature classic.
Her catalogue of CDs includes the major song cycles of Messiaen, all Satie's vocal music, and works by, Berg, Dallapiccola, Ligeti and Schoenberg with conductors such as Boulez and Rattle.
Her interpretation of Schoenberg's PIERROT LUNAIRE, with which she made her broadcast debut in 1965 is still regarded as definitive, and she has now performed it over a hundred times with more than 20 different ensembles world-wide, including a historic performance with Barenboim, Du Pre, Zukerman and Mehta at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, followed by the work's premiere in Israel under Mehta. In Autumn 2004 she began a three-year appointment as AHRB Creative Arts Research Fellow at Kingston University, undertaking a major study of the work from the performance perspective.
Since her first BBC song recital in 1966 (of Warlock songs) she has broadcast frequently in the traditional and light music repertoire as well as in new music, and has made many appearances at the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts. Operatic roles have ranged from the eponymous heroine in Lully's ARMIDE (University of W. Australia) and Mozart's Fiordiligi (Barber Institute, Birmingham) to a highly-acclaimed Governess in Britten's THE TURN OF THE SCREW (Wexford Festival) and Anna in Weill's SEVEN DEADLY SINS (Israel Festival).
She received the OBE in 1990, a Special Award from the Composers Guild of Gt. Britain in 1973, and Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of York (1988) and Keele ( 2004).. She is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Music., She also acts on the Executive Committee of the Musicians Benevolent Fund, and is a Vice-President of the Society for the Promotion of New Music.
She continues to enjoy an active performing career with regular appearances in London and at leading Festivals. U.S. engagements have included concerts with the Kronos Quartet, Boston Musica Viva, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Ensemble. Recent London appearances have included her acclaimed performance of MISS DONNITHORNE's MAGGOT at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's 70 th Birthday celebrations. She has recorded the work with the Manchester-based ensemble Psappha, and also toured it to Australian and all over the UK.
She is also much in demand for her lively and informative lectures and demonstrations, master classes and seminars. She has been Visiting Professor four times at Mills College, California, and has given lectures at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cornell, Penn, Columbia, Princeton and MIT. She has been Artist-in Residence at universities all over Canada , Australia and New Zealand , and has given classes for singers and composers in Germany, Holland, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Croatia, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Hong Kong, South Korea and South Africa .
Her text books : NEW VOCAL REPERTORY (AN INTRODUCTION), and NEW VOCAL REPERTORY 2, are published by Oxford University Press. She is also a Visiting Professor at London's Royal College of Music and has just completed six years as Honorary Professor at Keele University. She is married to the composer, writer and broadcaster ANTHONY PAYNE.
Chamber Domaine is at the cutting edge of music making in the 21st Century. Its excellence and dynamism have received widespread acclaim in the United Kingdom and abroad.
The ensemble prides itself on its creativity, innovation and communication, developing partnerships that take music to diverse audiences. Under it artistic director, Thomas Kemp, the ensemble features many of the finest musicians in the United Kingdom.
Chamber Domaine focuses on instrumental chamber music and song with programmes that range from the Baroque through to Contemporary. Quality and imagination are central to their vision be it in concert, recording or in education. Groundbreaking projects illuminate the music of today with music from three centuries.
Chamber Domaine brings passion, commitment and high virtuosity to a diverse repertoire that makes music come alive whilst placing it into its cultural context: making music relevant to everyone. The Times recently commented “Chamber Domaine brilliantly demonstrated the thrill of young players successfully climbing Mount Everest…with exhilarating bravery and expressive force.” The New York Times praised the ensemble for its “intriguing programming” and “unabashed lushness” at its US debut in 2003 at Bargemusic.
The ensemble gave its highly praised South Bank and Wigmore Hall debuts in 1999 and since then has performed at leading festivals and concert series in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America. The ensemble has a residency at Gresham College. They have also had residencies at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Imperial War Museum, London and the Arnold Schoenberg Centre, Vienna.
The ensemble has an education programme and works regularly with the Wigmore Hall Education and Community department. They have an ongoing project Music of Our Time which links art, poetry, architecture and music from the 20th Century in workshops and concerts, notably with the actress Helen Lederer and the composer David Horne.
Chamber Domaine frequently give world and UK premieres by leading composers and have worked with Judith Bingham at the City of London Festival, Piers Helawell at the Cheltenham International Festival and Arvo Part at the Edinburgh Festival. A disc of this collaboration was released on the Black Box Label and was Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine, which described the recording as “glorious”.
Further recordings include a disc of instrumental chamber music and song by Ned Rorem with Sara Fulgoni and Christopher Lemmings. The International Record Review commented “These are extremely fine recordings of genuine commitment and respect…they are unlikely to be bettered on record for some time.”
The ensemble has just recorded a disc of music by Gorecki that includes seven world premiere recordings with the Baritone, Ronan Collet. The disc has received universal acclaim including a five star review in the BBC Music Magazine. The disc was picked by Norman Lebrecht as CD of the week in The Evening Standard who described the playing as “gorgeous.”
They regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and on radio in Europe and North America. In April 2008, the ensemble had a major tour of Sweden with the tenor Christopher Lemmings and made a broadcast on Swedish Radio to great acclaim. The ensemble was proud to have been selected for the Concert Promoters’ Network 2008-2009.
Recent and forthcoming engagements include residencies at the Brighton Festival working with the sculptor Anish Kapoor, a residency at Kings Place, a series of concerts at Wigmore Hall and tours planned in Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia.
They are recording the sound track to a film Getting it On, a Universal Film with Richard E Grant about Cosi fan Tutte. The ensemble will be recording Das Lied von der Erde early next year in a performance on period instruments. Chamber Domaine has a busy schedule of concerts and is one of the most dynamic, versatile and creative ensembles of its kind.