Personalities | (Dame) Janet Baker | Contemporary | Classical

b. 1933
English mezzo-soprano

Baker studied in London, and made her debut in Smetana’s The Secret in Oxford in 1956. She sang Handel roles early in her career, and made a particular impression as Purcell’s Dido, a role she recorded several times. At Covent Garden, where she first appeared as Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, her roles included Berlioz’s Dido, Kate in Owen Wingrave (which Britten wrote for her), Mozart’s Vitellia and Gluck’s Alceste. At Glyndebourne she sang in Cavalli’s La Calisto, Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Gluck’s Orfeo.

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