Dame Janet Baker

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


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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 Cello Concerto / Sea Pictures Elgar; Jacqueline du Pré, Sir John Barbirolli, Dame Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra 6
1981 Songs for Sunday Janet Baker, Philip Ledger 1
1986 Le songe d'une nuit d'été Felix Mendelssohn; Heather Harper, Dame Janet Baker 1
1986 Messa da Requiem / Quattro Pezzi Sacri Giuseppe Verdi; Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Gedda, Ghiaurov, Baker, Philharmonia Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Giulini 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
1988 Symphony no. 3 / Rückert-Lieder Gustav Mahler; Dame Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
1989 La Chanson d'Eve and Other Songs Gabriel Fauré; Dame Janet Baker, Geoffrey Parsons 1
1991 Matthäus-Passion (1980 recording, not the 1959 one) Johann Sebastian Bach; Edith Mathis, Janet Baker, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Matti Salminen, Münchener Bach-Chor, Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter 1
1996 Orchestral Songs Gustav Mahler; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, Jessye Norman, Janet Baker, James King, Hermann Prey, John Shirley-Quirk 1
1996 Lieder Franz Schubert; Janet Baker, Gerald Moore, Geoffrey Parsons 3
2003 The Dream of Gerontius Elgar; Dame Janet Baker, John Mitchinson, John Shirley-Quirk, CBSO Chorus, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle 1
2004 Opera Arias Gluck; Janet Baker, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 1
Verdi Requiem Verdi; Georg Solti, Leontyne Price, Janet Baker, Veriano Luchetti, José van Dam, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Margaret Hillis 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Dame Janet Baker Sings Popular Schubert Songs Franz Schubert; Dame Janet Baker, Geoffrey Parsons 1
1989 The Dream of Gerontius / Sea Pictures 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" Mahler; New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Janet Baker, Sheila Armstrong 1
2002 The Very Best of Janet Baker Dame Janet Baker 1
2003 The Legendary Dame Janet Baker Dame Janet Baker 1
2004 Cello Concerto / Sea Pictures / Overture: “Cockaigne” Elgar; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli, Jacqueline du Pré, Dame Janet Baker 1
2007 The Dream of Gerontius / Enigma Variations Elgar; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Janet Baker, John Mitchinson, John Shirley-Quirk, Simon Rattle 1
2010 Janet Baker: The Beloved Mezzo Dame Janet Baker 1
String Quintet in C / Ave Maria and other popular songs Franz Schubert; Chilingirian Quartet, Dame Janet Baker 1

Album + Live

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

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

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