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October 28, 2016
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Laurier Grad Jane Archibald Making Debut at The Met

Apr 1/10

Laurier Voice Grad Jane Archibald will debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera next week, playing the role of Ophelie in that company's production of Hamlet. The opening night performance on Monday, April 5, will be streamlined live, without cost, on The Met's website.

Every opera singer dreams of appearing at The Met, and Victor Martens, Archibald's former voice instructor at Laurier and current friend, says her latest achievement is not a surprise as she has performed at all the great houses in Europe to great acclaim.

Her 2009 performance as Zerbinetta in the Deutsche Oper Berlin's production of Ariadne auf Naxos prompted these statements by Neues Deutschland:  "Jane Archibald, outshone everyone, apparently effortlessly. The murderously difficult coloratura of her magnificent monologue "Großmächtige Prinzessin" pearled forth not only with perfect height and intonation, Jane Archibald could embellish it, trill on it and let it flow radiantly- roaring applause for this scene!"

"Her career is moving beautifully," Martens says. "She has all the obvious things: wonderful voice, poise, focus, discipline. She is the complete package. But she also possesses an intangible quality that is impossible to define."


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