We are delighted to offer our congratulations to St Hugh’s alumna and Honorary Fellow, Professor Dame Jane Glover, CBE (Music, 1968), who has been made a Dame in the 2021 New Year’s Honours for services to music.
One of the UK’s leading conductors, Dame Jane first conducted at Oxford as a student, in a production of Athalia, and went on to conduct the first performance in modern times of Cavalli’s Rosinda for the Oxford University Opera Club in October 1973. Her distinguished career began at the Wexford Festival in 1975 with the first modern performance of Eritrea, following which she joined Glyndebourne in 1979. Dame Jane held the role of music director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera and artistic director at the London Mozart Players. In 2013, she became the third woman ever to conduct at the New York’s Metropolitan Opera, in a production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
Earlier this year, Dame Jane was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Gamechanger Award for her work in bringing more female conductors to the stage.
As a music professor, Dame Jane has previously held positions as director of opera at the Royal Academy of Music and visiting professor of opera at the University of Oxford. She has been a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) since the 2003 New Year’s Honours.