Julianne Baird, soprano, has been hailed as "one of the most extraordinary voices in the service of early music that this generation has produced. She possesses a natural musicianship which engenders singing of supreme expressive beauty." She maintains a busy concert schedule of solo recitals and performances of baroque opera and oratorio.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Ms. Baird has also appeared as a soloist with many major symphony orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnanyi, the Brooklyn Philharmonic under Lukas Foss, the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, and, in the 2000-2001 season, the Philadelphia Orchestra. James R. Oestreich, in his comprehensive survey of New York's seasonal performances of Handel's Messiah for the N.Y. Times, recently concluded with special praise for Julianne Baird's interpretative skills: "in that respect, Ms. Baird remains the model".
With over 100 recordings to her credit on Decca, Deutsche Gramophone, Newport Classics, and Dorian, Julianne Baird is considered one of America’s most recorded women. In addition to her major roles in the acclaimed series of Handel operatic and oratorio premieres, she has a new solo album titled "Glorious Handel." The New York Philharmonic's recent commemorative box set to its century of recordings includes her recording of Reich’s "Tehillim". Other new recordings include "Dance on a Moonbeam", featuring Julianne Baird, Meryl Streep, and Frederica von Stade, and “Passionate Pavanes.’ Deidamia--the last opera of George Frederic--with Julianne Baird in which she sings the title role.
The unique program includes well-loved songs by Mozart and Haydn and also features an unusual piece by Dussek for piano and speaker, telling the story of Queen Marie Antoinette's last days during the French Revolution in words and music.