B. Mus. (Regina)
M.Mus. (North Texas)
Soprano Jane Leibel has earned praise for her “crystalline, strong soprano” (Opera Canada) “vibrant, sweet, fresh singing” (The Globe and Mail) and for her acting abilities: “It remained for Jane Leibel, as Diana, the outraged goddess, to steal the show with her finely tuned comic sense.” (Opera Quarterly) Music critic of The New Yorker, Andrew Porter; “Jane Leibel, was the most polished singer”. She holds a DMA from the University of Michigan in Voice Performance, a master’s degree from the University of North Texas State, an opera diploma from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Regina. As winner of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Competition for the performance of twentieth-century music, Leibel performed a solo recital tour of Canada. Twice she has been a prizewinner in the Friedrich Schorr and semi-finalist in the Belvedere International Competition. She has performed operatic and concert roles with the Vancouver Opera, the Vancouver Symphony, Opera Pacific, the Regina Symphony, the Manitoba Opera, Opera Atelier, Opera in Concert, and Toledo Opera Young Artists Program.
Collaborations have included work with award-winning theatre director Jillian Keiley, artist and poet Christopher Pratt and composers such as, Jack Behrens, John Greer and Clifford Crawley in the premiers and recordings of solo and chamber works for voice. She performed in the Magnetic North National Theatre Festival’s premiere production of Nightingale, a work she commissioned Jillian Keiley and Robert Chafe to write on the career of nineteenth-century opera singer Georgina Stirling. Her debut CD Songs and Sonnets was released in December 2005 and features the complete Schönberg Cabaret Songs, Rachmaninov’s Songs of Op. 38 and Canadian composer, Clifford Crawley’s Grey Island (voice, clarinet, and piano). Leibel sang the role of Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Center for Opera in Sulmona, Italy. The opera was performed in the Maria Caniglia Teatro Comunale with the chamber orchestra of the Razgrad Philharmonic Orchestra of Sofia, Bulgaria. Her 2012 Centaur Records release is entitled: Songs of the Bubble Ring: The Music of John Greer and Clifford Crawley (with the composer, John Greer, as pianist) and was prepared with both these Canadian composers. This CD features Greer’s The Sarah Binks Songbook and Palm Court Songs of the Bubble Ring and Clifford Crawley’s Seven Stevie Smith Songs, When Soft Voices Die, and Sounds of Many Waters (voice, percussion, flute, and bass). She has been featured in radio broadcasts in both the US and Canada, including nationally on CBC Two New Hours and locally on CBC MusiCraft. Leibel is active as both a clinician and adjudicator as well as serving on SSHRC Artistic Creative Grants and for the Canada Council for the Arts committees. International performances include recitals with pianist Maureen Volk at the St. Pierre concert series, the American Church, the American Cathedral in Paris, and at Bargemusic, NYC. Jane Leibel teaches studio voice, lyric diction, and voice pedagogy.