The English soprano, Nicola-Jane Kemp, studied piano at Chetham's School of Music, won a Choral Scholarship at Girton College, Cambridge, and studied singing at the Royal College of Music (RCM) and opera at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) with an award from the Equity Trust Fund. She has been studying with Margaret Hyde and Ludmilla Andrew.
Nicola-Jane Kemp made her concert debut at the Barbican singing incidental music from L.v. Beethoven's Egmont and at the Purcell Room with J.S. Bach's Cantata BWV 51 Jauchzet Gott. Specialising in the coloratura repertoire, she made her operatic debut at Sadlers Wells Theatre in London singing Edwige in Robinson Crusoe for British Youth Opera. Roles which followed have included Pretty Polly in Punch and Judy by Harrison Birtwistle for Music Theatre Wales, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera for Belcanto Opera, Konstanze in Die Entführung for The London Opera Players, Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte for the Académie Européenne de Musique d'Aix-en-Provence, Music Theatre Kernow, Central Festival Opera and Garden Opera (also singing Papagena), Cinna in Lucio Silla for Opera Anglia, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos at St John's Smith Square, Lakmé for Belcanto Opera and Adele in Die Fledermaus in concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall for Palace Opera.
Nicola-Jane Kemp has sung in two New Year Galas at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and sang Jauchzet Gott (BWV 51) again at the Festival International d'Aix-en-Provence. She has sung Carmina Burana with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and made her debut at The Linbury Studio (Royal Opera House). She sang A Mind of Winter by George Benjamin with the Orchestre Léonard de Vinci in Rouen, France and was the soloist for the Jubilee concert in 2002 at Chatsworth House, singing for an audience of 10,000. She has recently made her debut on BBC Radio 2 "Friday Night is Music Night" and will return to Chatsworth house this year by popular demand. Other plans for 2006 include New Year Viennese concerts in Cairo and Alexandria and concerts throughout the UK.