Jane Glover is one of the world’s most eminent conductors, and remains one of the few females in her profession.
She was Music Director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera from 1981-85, Artistic Director of the London Mozart Players from 1984-91, and has held Principal Conductorships of the Huddersfield and London Choral Societies.
Jane Glover has conducted all the major symphony and chamber orchestras in Britain and is constantly in demand throughout the world. Highlights of her career to date include the South Bank series ‘Mozart Explored’ and her 1995 performances of Britten’s War Requiem at the BBC Proms and in Normandy.
In opera, Jane Glover has conducted productions at Glyndebourne, the English National Opera, New York City Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Opera Australia, Teatro La Fenice, Venice and Chicago Opera Theater, to name only a few.
Jane Glover studied at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, and did a PhD in 17th-century Venetian opera. Jane lives in London.
In her new book, Mozart in Italy, Jane chronicles Mozart’s childhood trips to Italy and the profound effect they had on his astounding musical career.
At thirteen years old Mozart was well travelled and already had a fine appreciation of beauty and culture. He was a child prodigy who had captured the hearts of northern Europe and whose father was determined to conquer Italy. Mozart was fortunate to experience his adolescent years in a country where all his senses were aroused, and where the demands on his musical abilities were of an unprecedented intensity.
The father and son travelled from the theatres and concert salons of Milan to the church-filled streets of Rome. They visited Naples, and courtesan-filled Venice. All the while Mozart was absorbing Italian culture, language, style and art, and honed his craft by performing everywhere from organ lofts to royal weddings. But as his success grew so did the expectations of his father, Leopold, whose schemes seemed to create as many enemies as Mozart’s music made friends.
Evocative and beautifully written, Mozart in Italy is a compelling account not only of Mozart’s early career but it also brings the world of early eighteenth-century classical music vividly to life. To be published in autumn 2023.