Dr Jane Manning

Position: NA
School: Perf and Screen Studies
Email: Jane.Manning@kingston.ac.uk
Extension: 0
Location: Penrhyn Road


Jane Manning (soprano) has more than 40 years’ international experience in an exceptionally wide-ranging repertoire and continues to enjoy an active performing career. She has given more than 350 world premieres to date, (including several operas) and has worked closely with composers such as Boulez, Birtwistle, Cage, Carter, Knussen, and Weir.

Her catalogue of CDs includes the major song cycles of Messiaen, all Satie’s vocal music, and works by, Berg, Dallapiccola, Ligeti and Schoenberg with conductors including Boulez and Rattle.
Her interpretation of Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire is regarded as definitive. Her interpretation of Pierrot lunaire, with which she made her broadcast debut in 1965, is regarded as definitive. She has performed it with more than 20 different ensembles world-wide, including a historic performance with Barenboim, Du Pre, Zukerman and Mehta at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, followed by the work’s premiere in Israel under Mehta, and currently has three CDs of it in the catalogue.

In 1988 she formed her own ensemble of young players, Jane’s Minstrels, which has an international reputation, and has made several praised recordings with her as soloist.
Their latest CD of Chamber Music by Anthony Payne has just been released on NMC.

She continues to enjoy an active performing career with regular appearances in London and abroad, most recently performing Maxwell Davies’s Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot to great acclaim in Italy, Spain and London. She is also in demand for her lively and informative lectures and demonstrations, master classes and seminars.

Jane is currently in her 3rd year as AHRC Creative Arts Research Fellow at Kingston University, undertaking a major study of Pierrot lunaire.

Her books, New Vocal Repertory: An Introduction and New Vocal Repertory 2 are published by Oxford University Press. A two-volume study of Pierrot lunaire is currently in preparation.
She is also a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music and was for 6 years Honorary Professor at Keele University.

Professional activity

Aawarded the OBE in 1990.

Research outputs

Number of items: 5.


Manning, Jane (2005) A sixties 'Pierrot': a personal memoir. Tempo, 59(233), pp. 17-25. ISSN (print) 0040-2982

Conference or Workshop Item

Manning, Jane [Speaker] (2005) Schoenberg's 'Pierrot Lunaire' in performance. In: Saul Seminars, British Library; 7 June 2005, London, United Kingdom.

Performance/Live Event

Manning, Jane [Performer] (2006) Schoenberg's 'Pierrot Lunaire'. Schoenberg's 'Pierrot Lunaire'. 24 Jun 2005, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.

Sound Recording

Manning, Jane [Performer] (2004) Miss Donnithorne's Maggot: Psappha Unconducted featuring Jane Manning. (CD). Peter Maxwell Davies: Miss Donnithorne's Maggot. 7 - 8 Feb 2004, Great Hall, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK. Glossop, UK : Psappha.

Manning, Jane [Singer] (2004) Peter Maxwell Davies' 'The Medium'. (solo voice). United Kingdom : MaxOpus Music. (42 mins) compact disc.

This list was generated on Sun Oct 23 12:46:12 2016 BST.