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Janet Baker

Singer details:

Voice: Mezzo-soprano
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: 1933

About Janet Baker:

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."

Janet Abbott Baker was born in Hatfield, South Yorkshire, where her father was an engineer as well as a chorister. Members of her family worked at Bentley Pit, in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. She attended York College for Girls and then Wintringham Girls' Grammar School in Grimsby. The death of her elder brother, Peter, when she was 10 years old, from a heart condition, was a formative moment that made her take responsibility for the rest of her life, she revealed in a BBC Radio 3 Lebrecht Interview in September 2011.

In her early years Baker worked in a bank, transferring to London in 1953 where she trained with Meriel St Clair and Helene Isepp, whose son Martin became her regular accompanist. Knocked down by a bus in 1956, she suffered concussion and a persistently painful back injury. That same year, she came second in the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Competition at the Wigmore Hall, winning national attention.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Ombra mai fu Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct:

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
2Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
3When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
4Va tacito e nascosto Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.18

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare/Achilla/Cesare/Cornelia/Sesto
5Che faro senza Euridice Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
6Soave sia il vento Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.19

Type: trioVoice: B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Fiordiligi/Dorabella
7Thy hand Belinda when I am laid Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
8O del mio dolce ardor Popularity:

Opera: Paride ed ElenaComposer: GluckAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paride
9Scherza infida Popularity:

Opera: AriodanteComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ariodante
10Una donna a quindici anni Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Despina
11Un moto di gioia Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.06-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
12Ah! guarda sorella Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.07

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella
13Dopo notte Popularity:

Opera: AriodanteComposer: HandelAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ariodante
14Dove sei? Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.06-2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido
15D'amour l'ardente flamme Popularity:

Opera: Damnation de Faust, LaComposer: BerliozAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Marguerite
16E amore un ladroncello Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.19

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorabella
17Se Romeo t'uccise un figlio Popularity:

Opera: Capuleti ed i Montecchi, IComposer: BelliniAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
18Divinites du Styx Popularity:

Opera: AlcesteComposer: GluckAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Alceste
19Fammi combattere Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 1.20

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando
20Aure deh per pieta Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare
21Ah! che tutta in un momento Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.35

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella
22Prendero quel brunettino Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella
23Al lampo dell armi Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare
24Che puro ciel Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
25Alla bella Despinetta Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.26

Type: sextetVoice: B Br T S Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Guglielmo/Ferrando/Despina/Dorabella/Fiordiligi
26Ah! scostati Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.22-1

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorabella
27Ah! Belinda I am prest Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
28Come ti piace imponi Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 1.03

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Vitellia/Sesto
29Bella vita militar! Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.29

Type: quintet,choir,finaleVoice: B T S Mz S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles:
30Disprezzata regina Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavia
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