Personalities | Janet Baker DBE | Modern Era | Opera
b. 1933, English
Known for her rich, expressive and intensely personal performances, Baker’s voice is equally at home with Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, Berlioz and Walton. Britten wrote the role of Kate Julian for her in Owen Wingrave, while William Walton (1902–83) adjusted the part of Cressida in Troilus and Cressida to suit her voice. In 1966, she made her Covent Garden debut in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and performed her first major role at Glyndebourne in Dido and Aeneas. Baker may be best known for her Lieder, which set her apart from her contemporaries. Championing the lesser-known works of Schubert, she recorded for the Hyperion label. Following her retirement from the operatic stage in 1982, and from the concert stage in 1989, she served as Chancellor of the University of York.
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