Jane Rhodes

Soloist, Mezzo-Soprano
She was born in Paris on 13/03/1929. She made her debut in the opera The Damnation of Faust [La damnation de Faust] at the Grand-Théâtre de Nancy in 1953. She earned the nickname of “the Bardot of the Opera.” She sang the leading role in the world premieres of Prokoviev’s The Fiery Angel (Theatre des Champs Elysees, 1954); Marcel Landowski’s The Crazy [Le fou] (1956) and Farewell [Les Adieux] (Opéra-Comique, 1961); George Delerue’s The Knight of snow [Le Chevalier de Neige] (1957); and, André Jolivet’s The truth of Joanna [La vérité de Jeanne] (1956). She made her Paris Opera debut as Marguerite in The damnation of Faust [La damnation de Faust](1958). In the following years she sang in the French premieres of The Queen of Spades [Pique Dame] (Strasbourg, 1957), Salome (Paris Opera, 1958) and Tosca (Opéra-Comique, 1958). She made a name for herself when she sang the title role in Carmen at the Paris Opera in 1959, directed by Raymond Rouleau. She made her Metropolitan Opera New York debut in 1961 as Carmen and then as Salome in 1962. Her renowned appearances include the title role in The Coronation of Poppea [L’Incoronazione di Poppea] in Aix-en-Provence (1961) and Carmen in Japan, Belgium, Buenos Aires, etc. At the same time she sang many French operettas such as Beautiful Helen [La Belle Hélène], La Péricole, etc. She was also an excellent singer of French chansons. Her recording career commenced in 1957 when she sang in the first ever recording of Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel. She appeared as a soloist at the GNO in 1969 in the title role of Carmen. She died on 07/05/2011.