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Dame Janet Baker

Sean Rafferty meets Dame Janet Baker to talk about her life and career on the opera and concert platforms, and her many important musical partnerships.

Sean Rafferty meets Dame Janet Baker at the Royal Academy of Music, which she calls her home from home, to talk about her life and career on the opera and concert platforms, and her many important musical partnerships.

Dame Janet is one of the most-loved and instantly recognisable voices, through her legendary performances and recordings of Baroque opera to Mahler, lieder and of course Elgar's repertoire. Janet talks openly to Sean about the journey through her career, dealing with the loss of her brother, caring for her husband. She reveals for the first time how her voice was affected by operations. She also talks about hugely important musical relationships she formed with conductors including Sir John Barbirolli and Sir Charles Mackerras and the pianist Geoffrey Parsons and the importance of encouraging young singers.

1 hour

Last on

Christmas Day 2017 13:00

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Christmas Oratorio - Bereite dich, Zion

    Singer: Janet Baker. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Schubert

    Die Forelle, K.550

    Performer: Geoffrey Parsons. Singer: Janet Baker.
    • EMI.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony no.2 in C minor "Resurrection" ..., 4th mvt; Urlicht

    Singer: Janet Baker. Orchestra: Berliner Barock Solisten. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • TESTAMENT.
  • Edward Elgar

    Where corals lie (Sea Pictures, Op 37)

    Singer: Janet Baker. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • Elgar: Cello Concerto/Sea Pictures: Du Pre/Baker/LSO/Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
    • 8.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Phaedra - Oh Gods of Wrath

    Singer: Janet Baker. Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Steuart Bedford.
    • LONDON.
  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart): Aria. 'Once all the radiant joys of youth'

    Performer: English National Opera Orchestra. Singer: Janet Baker. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Che farò senza Euride (Orfeo ed Euridice)

    Performer: Janet Baker. Performer: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Raymond Leppard.
    • Phillips.
  • Franz Schubert

    An die Musik

    Performer: Geoffrey Parsons. Singer: Janet Baker.
    • EMI.

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