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.