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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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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 A Midsummer Night's Dream Mendelssohn; Heather Harper, Dame Janet Baker, Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer 2
1965 Cello Concerto / Sea Pictures Elgar; Jacqueline du Pré, Sir John Barbirolli, Dame Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra 9
1966 Des Knaben Wunderhorn Gustav Mahler; Janet Baker, Geraint Evans, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Wyn Morris 4
1967 Kindertotenlieder / Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Gustav Mahler; Janet Baker, Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
1970 Bach: Magnificat D-Dur, BWV 243 / Bruckner: Te Deum Bach, Bruckner; Lucia Popp, Anne Pashley, Birgit Finnilä, Janet Baker, Robert Tear, Don Garrard, Thomas Hemsley, New Philharmonia Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim 1
1975 Das Lied von der Erde Mahler; Janet Baker, James King, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, Bernard Haitink 7
1977 L'enfance du Christ Berlioz; Janet Baker, Eric Tappy, Thomas Allen, Jules Bastin, The John Alldis Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1977 Verdi Requiem Verdi; Georg Solti, Leontyne Price, Janet Baker, Veriano Luchetti, José van Dam, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Margaret Hillis, Chicago Symphony Orchestra 3
1978 Béatrice et Bénédict Berlioz; Baker, Eda‐Pierre, Watts, Tear, Allen, Lloyd, Bastin, John Alldis Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis 1
1980 Cléopâtre / Herminie Berlioz; Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis 1
1980 Matthäus-Passion (1979 recording) Johann Sebastian Bach; Edith Mathis, Janet Baker, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau, Matti Salminen, Münchener Bach‐Chor, Münchener Bach‐Orchester, Karl Richter 3
1981 Songs for Sunday Janet Baker, Philip Ledger 1
1983 Mahler’s Songs of Youth Gustav Mahler; Dame Janet Baker, Geoffrey Parsons 3
1986 Le songe d'une nuit d'été Felix Mendelssohn; Heather Harper, Dame Janet Baker 1
1987 The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 1: Goethe & Schiller Settings Franz Schubert; Dame Janet Baker, Graham Johnson 1
1987 Kindertotenlieder / 5 Rückertlieder / Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Mahler; Janet Baker, Sir John Barbirolli 2
1987 Symphony no. 2 “Resurrection” Mahler; Arleen Augér, Janet Baker, CBSO Chorus, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle 4 4
1988 Les Nuits d'été / La Mort de Cléopâtre / Les Troyens: Mort de Didon Hector Berlioz; Janet Baker 1
1988 Symphony no. 2, "Resurrection" Gustav Mahler; Sheila Armstrong, Janet Baker, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein 1
1988 Symphony no. 3 / Rückert-Lieder Mahler; London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, Dame Janet Baker 1
1989 La Chanson d'Eve and Other Songs Gabriel Fauré; Dame Janet Baker, Geoffrey Parsons 1
1989 Le Messie Haendel; Elizabeth Harwood, Janet Baker, Paul Esswood, Raimund Herincx, Ambrosian Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Charles Mackerras 1
1990 Janet Baker sings Handel: Largo: Ombra mai fù / Cantata « Lucrezia » Handel; Janet Baker, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 1
1992 Orfeo ed Euridice Christoph Willibald Gluck, Dame Janet Baker, Elizabeth Gale, Elisabeth Speiser, Raymond Leppard & London Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1994 St. Matthew Passion: Highlights Bach; Edith Mathis, Janet Baker, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau, Matti Salminen, Karl Richter 1
1996 Orchestral Songs Mahler; Jessye Norman, Janet Baker, James King, Hermann Prey, John Shirley‐Quirk, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 1
1996 Weihnachts-Oratorium Johann Sebastian Bach; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Philip Ledger, Elly Ameling, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau, Janet Baker, Robert Tear, King’s College Choir, Cambridge 1
1996 Lieder Schubert; Janet Baker, Gerald Moore, Geoffrey Parsons 3
1997 From the Diary of Virginia Woolf Dame Janet Baker / Martin Isepp 1
1999 Elijah Mendelssohn; Gwyneth Jones, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Chorus, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos 1
1999 The Dream of Gerontius Elgar; Richard Lewis, Dame Janet Baker, Kim Borg, Hallé Choir & Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Ambrosian Singers, Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
2000 Haydn: Arianna a Naxos / Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben / Schubert / Wolf / R. Strauss Haydn, Schumann, Schubert, Wolf, Strauss; Janet Baker 1
2001 Mass in B minor Bach; Jenny Hill, Janet Baker, Peter Pears, John Shirley‐Quirk, New Philharmonia Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini 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
2004 Opera Arias Gluck; Janet Baker, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 1
2005 St Matthew's Passion: Arias, Recitatives and Choruses J. S. Bach; Ameling, Baker 1
2008 Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde / Brahms: Alto Rhapsody Mahler, Brahms; Janet Baker, John Mitchinson, BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Raymond Leppard, Sir Adrian Boult 1
2012 Fauré: Requiem / Pavane / Duruflé: Requiem Fauré, Duruflé; Robert Chilcott, Dame Janet Baker, Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, John Butt, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks, Philip Ledger 1
Bach Handel Cantatas Dame Janet Baker 1
La Damnation de Faust / La Mort de Cléopâtre Berlioz; Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, Gabriel Bacquier, Chœurs de l’Opéra de Paris, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, Georges Prêtre, Alexander Gibson 1
Owen Wingrave Britten; Benjamin Luxon, John Shirley‐Quirk, Nigel Douglas, Sylvia Fisher, Jennifer Vyvyan, Janet Baker, Peter Pears, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 1
Requiem Verdi; Georg Solti, Leontyne Price, Janet Baker, Veriano Luchetti, José van Dam, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Margaret Hillis 0

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; Janet Baker, Sheila Armstrong, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein 1
1992 Best-Loved Classics 15 Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Jacques Offenbach; Dame Janet Baker, Rudolf Kempe 2
1992 Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 Mendelssohn, Liszt; Heather Harper, Janet Baker, Annie Fischer, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus, Otto Klemperer 1
1998 Berlioz: Les Nuits d'été / Mendelssohn: Psalm 42 - Infelice / Brahms: Alto Rhapsody / Respighi: La Sensitiva Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Respighi; Dame Janet Baker, London Symphony Chorus, City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox 1
2002 The Very Best of Janet Baker Dame Janet Baker 1
2003 The Legendary Dame Janet Baker Dame Janet Baker 1
2007 Monteverdi, Gratiani, Barringcloe, Humfrey, Purcell, Schubert, Fauré, Gounod, Handel Claudio Monteverdi, Bonifatio Gratiani, Mister Barringcloe, Pelham Humfrey, Henry Purcell, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, Charles-François Gounod, George Frideric Handel; 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
2012 Elgar: Cello Concerto, Sea Pictures / Delius: Cello Concerto, Songs of Farewell Elgar; Delius; Jacqueline du Pré, Dame Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Été op. 7 / Gustav Mahler: Fünf Rückert-Lieder Hector Berlioz, Gustav Mahler; Janet Baker, Sir John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra London 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
1995 Das Lied von der Erde Mahler; Dame Janet Baker, John Mitchinson, BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 1
2001 Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer / Berlioz: Les nuits d'été / Schoenberg: Song of the Wood Dove Chausson, Berlioz, Schoenberg; Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov, Carlo Maria Giulini, Norman Del Mar 1
2001 Lieder / Sehnsucht / Das Rosenband / Abendstern / Der Musensohn Schubert; Janet Baker, Graham Johnson, Martin Isepp, Geoffrey Parsons 1
2001 Symphony no. 9 / Kindertotenlieder Mahler; Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish National Orchestra, Jascha Horenstein 1
2002 Symphonie 2 "Auferstehung" Mahler; Chor & Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Otto Klemperer, Heather Harper, Janet Baker 1
2002 Baker Gluck, Lully, Marcello, Berkeley, Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Purcell, Warlock; Janet Baker, Geoffrey Parsons 1
2002 Bruckner: Symphony no. 8 / Wagner: Tristan and Isolde: Prelude to Act I / Wesendonck Lieder Bruckner, Wagner; Janet Baker, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Reginald Goodall 1
2003 Das Lied von der Erde Mahler; Janet Baker, Ludovic Speiss, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Kempe 1
2004 Symphony no. 2 “Resurrection” Mahler; Rae Woodland, Janet Baker, BBC Chorus, BBC Choral Society, Goldsmith's Choral Union, Harrow Choral Society, London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski 1
2010 The Coronation of Poppea Claudio Monteverdi; Sadler's Wells Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Raymond Leppard, Dame Janet Baker 1

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