In another significant upgrade to its opera-vocal program, New England Conservatory has hired soprano Jane Eaglen as a full-time faculty member. Currently on the faculty of Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music in Ohio, the British-born Eaglen has had a major career in opera, widely praised for her Wagner singing in particular. She plans to move to Boston in time to take up her new duties next fall.
Eaglen did three public master classes at NEC last month but said in a recent phone interview that “I didn’t know that they were going to make me an offer until I was there, so it all happened very quickly.” She had the opportunity to work with many of the school’s graduate students, and “the standard was just extraordinary — one great thing after another. Really wonderful voices, and a really focused attitude. All of them were very keen to learn and do the work, and a couple of them I saw more than once; they came back having thought through a few details about the first time.”