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Janet Shell - The Singer

Janet is a highly respected artist whose career has spanned opera, oratorio and recitals across the UK and abroad.

Janet in Orfeo

Janet singing in The Return of Ulysses, with Sarah Walker and Louise Tucker.

After training at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Janet spent a number of seasons with Kent Opera and during that time became the first mezzo soprano to be represented by YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust) and also was outright winner of the Royal Tunbridge Wells International Concert Artists' Competition. Janet quickly became recognised for her recital work and toured South America to huge acclaim with baritone Christopher Goldsack and pianist John Flinders. On their return they were invited to sing on day two of a new radio station, Classic FM, and became the first singers ever to give a live broadcast for the company. The then British Prime Minister, John Major, invited Janet to sing for his guests at the British Embassy in Tokyo where Janet also gave a masterclass at the Conservatoire, and later at Downing Street. In 1995 Janet provided the soundtrack to the 1995 British comedy film “Caught in the Act”.

Janet went on to win several prizes for her performance of French song at the International French Song Competition in Paris and gave a recital with Christopher Goldsack in Perpignan. Janet also teamed up with soprano Naomi Harvey, touring the Middle East and became the first female duet pairing on BBC Radio 2 for “Friday Night is Music Night”. Janet has appeared several times for both this programme and on Classic FM.

Janet in Orfeo

Janet is a highly respected artist whose career has spanned opera, oratorio and recitals across the UK and abroad.

As an opera singer, Janet sang for ENO, WNO, Opera North, Kent Opera, and Royal Opera House Covent Garden in a mix of roles and covers including Rosina, Carmen, Dorabella, Suzuki and Orlofsky. She made her international debut at the Göttingen Festival in the role of Oronte (Riccardo Primo) and at Aix-en-provence as Volpino (Der Apotheker).

It is, however, for her singing of oratorio and concert repertoire that Janet has been particularly acclaimed and her repertoire is extensive. Notable engagements include Mahler Symphony no 8 (RAH & Symphony Hall Birmingham); Beethoven Missa Solemnis (RAH); Elgar Dream of Gerontius (Liverpool Philharmonic Hall/Canterbury Cathedral/Sage Gateshead/Norwich Cathedral/Ely Cathedral); Verdi Requiem (Chester Cathedral/Hull City Hall/Birmingham Town Hall/Cadogan Hall/Blackheath Concert Halls); Haydn Nelson Mass (Barbican Hall); Haydn St Nikolai Mass on tour with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Brazil; Handel Messiah in Pamplona’ Elgar Sea Pictures with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta; Last Night of the Proms in Bournemouth with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven Symphony no 9 in Cairo Opera House.

Over the years, Janet has been part of many opera galas for celebrated guests and Royalty and was invited to sing at the wedding of Frederick Windsor and Sophie Winkleman in the first Royal wedding at Hampton Court Palace for 500 years.

A recording of Duruflé Requiem with Guildford Cathedral Choir is awaiting release, delayed by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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On a summer evening in 2019, Janet was privileged to be involved in a recording of the wonderful Durufle Requiem with Guildford Cathedral Choir. The CD (and streaming options) were released on January 28th 2022.
Please follow the links to hear and purchase:
Regent Records

Janet in Orfeo

In L'Orfeo on stage at the Royal Opera

Belle and two Beaux

With Mark Oldfield and John Flinders - Belle and two Beaux

Winning the Royal Tunbridge Wells competiton

Winning the Royal Tunbridge Wells International Concert Artist competiton