Biography

Equally comfortable in the concert, art song and opera repertoires, Winnipeg-based soprano Jayne Hammond is making a name for herself in Western Canada. Jayne has appeared as a soloist with Pacific Opera Victoria (Kate Pinkerton, Madama Butterfly), the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 “Sinfonia Espansiva”), and the Victoria Symphony (Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

Praised for her “clear soprano voice” (Winnipeg Free Press), recent operatic credits include Pamina in Opera NUOVA’s Die Zauberflöte, the title role in Manitoba Underground Opera’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Elsie Maynard in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Winnipeg’s production of The Yeomen of the Guard, and chorus in Manitoba Opera’s Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly. Other favourite operatic roles include Clorinda (La Cenerentola), Susanna (scenes of Le nozze di Figaro), Casilda (The Gondoliers), Contessa Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), and Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte). 

Her love of concert repertoire has resulted in performances of Handel’s Silete venti (Pacific Baroque Festival), Bach and Buxtehude’s Wachet auf! (Victoria Baroque Players), Stravinsky’s Les Noces (University of Manitoba Singers), Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate (University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra), and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2: Lobegesang (Wind Chamber Concert Series).

A passionate advocate of new music, Jayne was a finalist in the 2020 Eckhardt-Gramatté competition with her duo partner Lisa Rumpel. She has premiered works by Canadian composers including David Foley, Gordon Fitzell, Kristen Wachniak, Rebekah Cummings, and Harley Dyck.

Jayne has been seen in recital across Western Canada in programs regularly featuring Canadian composers and a wide range of repertoire. Community engagement and education projects with Manitoba Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Manitoba Underground Opera, and the University of Manitoba have furthered Jayne’s passion for introducing art song and opera to new audiences.

Support from the Manitoba Arts Council, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Nico Castel Scholarship Fund has been integral to her growth as an artistic professional. She holds a MMus from the University of Manitoba and a BMus and Opera Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University, and studies with Tracy Dahl.

Jayne is a valued member of the performing arts community on- and off-stage. She is the Grants & Corporate Giving Manager for Manitoba Opera, a Manitoba Mentor with Opera InReach, Vice-President of the Board of Directors for Flipside Opera & Art Song Collective, and a former teacher at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts.