Dame Janet Baker

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Renowned opera singer knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to music.

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Famous for singing roles origionally done by Castrati. Castrati were male singers who were castrated before puberty so that their voices wouldn't change. The Castrati sound combined the purity of a boy's voice, with the lung power and control of a full-grown male voice. Because this practice has been outlawed, today only women can sing in the range of a castrato role. Baker specialized in this type of role and became very famous for it.

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Dame Janet Abbott Baker, CH, DBE, FRSA (born 21 August 1933) is an English mezzo-soprano best known as an opera, concert, and lieder singer.

She was particularly closely associated with baroque and early Italian opera and the works of Benjamin Britten. During her career, which spanned the 1950s to the 1980s, she was considered an outstanding singing actress and widely admired for her dramatic intensity, perhaps best represented in her famous portrayal as Dido, the tragic heroine of Berlioz's magnum opus, Les Troyens. As a concert performer, Dame Janet was noted for her interpretations of the music of Gustav Mahler and Edward Elgar. David Gutman, writing in Gramophone, described her performance of Mahler's Kindertotenlieder as "intimate, almost self-communing."

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1965 Cello Concerto / Sea Pictures Elgar; Jacqueline du Pré, Sir John Barbirolli, Dame Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra 5
1981 Songs for Sunday Janet Baker, Philip Ledger 1
1987 The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 1: Goethe & Schiller Settings Franz Schubert; Dame Janet Baker, Graham Johnson 1
1988 Les Nuits d'été / La Mort de Cléopâtre / Les Troyens: Mort de Didon Hector Berlioz; Janet Baker 1
1989 La Chanson d'Eve and Other Songs Gabriel Fauré; Dame Janet Baker, Geoffrey Parsons 1
1996 Orchestral Songs Gustav Mahler; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, Jessye Norman, Janet Baker, James King, Hermann Prey, John Shirley-Quirk 1
2003 The Dream of Gerontius Elgar; Dame Janet Baker, John Mitchinson, John Shirley-Quirk, CBSO Chorus, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1981 Dame Janet Baker Sings Popular Schubert Songs Compilation Franz Schubert; Dame Janet Baker, Geoffrey Parsons 1
1989 The Dream of Gerontius / Sea Pictures Compilation Elgar; Hallé Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Choir, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, The Ambrosian Singers, Dame Janet Baker, Richard Lewis, Kim Borg, Sir John Barbirolli 2
1991 Symphony no. 1 "Titan" / Symphony no. 2 "Resurrection" Compilation Mahler; New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Janet Baker, Sheila Armstrong 1
2002 The Very Best of Janet Baker Compilation Dame Janet Baker 1
2003 The Legendary Dame Janet Baker Compilation Dame Janet Baker 1
2004 Cello Concerto / Sea Pictures / Overture: "Cockaigne" Compilation Elgar; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli, Jacqueline du Pré, Dame Janet Baker 1
2007 The Dream of Gerontius / Enigma Variations Compilation Elgar; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Janet Baker, John Mitchinson, John Shirley-Quirk, Simon Rattle 1
2010 Janet Baker: The Beloved Mezzo Compilation Dame Janet Baker 1
String Quintet in C / Ave Maria and other popular songs Compilation Franz Schubert; Chilingirian Quartet, Dame Janet Baker 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2010 The Coronation of Poppea Live Claudio Monteverdi; Sadler's Wells Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Raymond Leppard, Dame Janet Baker 1

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1997 Best-Loved Classics Vol. 15 Dame Janet Baker & Rudolf Kempe 1

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