Janet Collins


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  Janet Collins was born in 1964 in Kent, England. After completing the Associate course
  at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London (AGSM), she studied under
  Prof. Rudolf Piernay on the advanced course for opera singers at the Opera School in
  Mannheim, Germany. First opera engagements followed in Bremen,
  where she sang Ottla and Milena in the world première of Stanley
  Waldens Kafka-Opera Liebster Vater, and at the National Theatre
  in Mannheim, where Erda in Rheingold and Siegfried was among
  her early roles. From 1997 to 2001, Janet Collins was engaged at
  the Opera House in Münster, where the roles of Carmen, Orlofsky, Erda,
  Flosshilde and Waltraute (Götterdämmerung) were amongst her notable successes.
  In 2000 she made her debut at the Stuttgart Opera as First Norn and Flosshilde in the
  much celebrated Peter Konwitschny production of the Götterdämmerung , and
  in 2001 at the Semperoper in Dresden as Flosshilde (Rheingold) und
  Waltraute (Walküre) under the baton of Semyon Bychkov. In the following
  year she was invited to the Teatro Massimo di Bellini in Catania (Sicily)
  to sing the role of Erda in Siegfried, and subsequently made her debut at the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest as Carmen. A tour of  Japan with   the same production followed. In 2002, Janet Collins made her first appearance at the Konzertgebouw in Amsterdam as contralto soloist    in the world première of Karl-Heinz Stockhausen´s Engel Prozessionen. In 2004, she successfully sang the role of Marilyn Klinghoffer in the    Rotterdam Opera O.T. production of The Death of Klinghoffer by John Adams. At the Munich Biennale 2004, as a guest of the Stuttgarter    Vokalsolisten, one of the world´s foremost contemporary music ensembles, Janet Collins performed the role of Henny Gurland in Shadowtime, the    first opera by Brian Ferneyhough, one of Britain´s most highly rated living composers.

   Her concert repertoire includes Mendelssohn`s Elijah, Handel`s Messiah, Mozart`s Requiem, and Bach`s Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, St. John Passion    and B Minor Mass, the great symphonies and orchestral songs of Gustav Mahler, Hans Pfitzner`s Von deutscher Seele, and Edward Elgar`s oratorios,    The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles and The Kingdom.