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Julianne Baird (Soprano)

Born: December 10, 1952 - Statesville, North Carolina, USA

Of her unique artistry The Washington Post wrote that the American soprano, Julianne Baird, has “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."

Julianne Baird holds two degrees from the Eastman School of Music (voice & musicology) and a Diploma in Performance Practice from Nikolaus Harnoncourt of the Salzburg Mozarteum, as well as Ph.D. in music history from Stanford University.

A soloist with the Waverly Consort, Pomerium Musices, Badinage, and Concert Royale, Julianne Baird made her New York Philharmonic debut in the premiere of the orchestral version of Steve Reich’s Tehillim. Julianne Baird is in constant demand for solo recitals and for performances of baroque opera and oratorio. She has also appeared as soloist with many major symphony orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi, Brooklyn Philharmonic under Lukas Foss, New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan and English Baroque Soloists under John Eliot Gardiner. James R. Oestreich, in his comprehensive survey of New York's seasonal performances of George Frideric Handel's Messiah for the New York Times, recently concluded with special praise for Julianne Baird's interpretative skills: "in that respect, Ms. Baird remains the model".

Recent performances include appearances at the International Lufthansa Festival in London in solo cantatas of J.S. Bach and at Tanglewood's Ozawa Hall in the W.A. Mozart's Requiem, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat (BWV 243) in Bach’s own Thomaskirche in Leipzig, and at the International Wroclaw Festival of Song in Warsaw in September. In December 2000 she is scheduled to appear with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

With nearly 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 G.F. Handel operatic and oratorio premiers on Newport Classics, she has recently released a new solo album titled "Glorious Handel". The New York Philharmonic's valedictory to 20th century soloists includes her recording of Reich’s Tehillim. Just released (July, 2000) is "Dance on a Moonbeam", the last recording of Bill Crofut, a collaborative effort to benefit children’s charities featuring Julianne Baird, Meryl Streep, Frederica von Stade, and Dawn Upshaw. Her latest CD from Dorian Records, “Shakespeare’s Music" was released April, 2000.

Julianne Baird is an active teacher and scholar. Her publications include "Introduction to the Art of Singing", from Cambridge University Press. Recognized internationally as one of the few who can both demonstrate the full range of the singer's art and explain it - Dr. Baird is regularly asked to provide master classes at universities and music schools throughout North America. She also reaches large audiences through regional and national broadcasts including a recent featured interview on Terry Gross' internationally syndicated "Fresh Air".

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Source: Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey; Liner notes to Nonesuch CD 9-79036-2 (Mass in B minor, conducted by Rifkin, 1982); Liner notes to Koch International Classics CD 3-7235-2 (Cantatas BWV 182, BWV 131 & BWV 4, conducted by Jeffrey Thomas, 1995); Liner notes to Music-Masters CD 67119-2 (Baroque Christmas from the Metropolitan Museum, Julianne Baird & The Aulos Ensemble, 1994)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2001)

Julianne Baird: Short Biography | Recordings of Vocal Works under her name

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Samuel Baron / Yehudi Wyner


BWV 147, BWV 106, BWV 194: Part 1, BWV 198
Selections from
BWV 32, BWV 63, BWV 78, BWV 101, BWV 151, BWV 202

Matthew Glandorf


Video (2014): BWV 82a

Anthony Newman


BWV 245

Valentin Radu


BWV 232, BWV 243

Joshua Rifkin


BWV 8, BWV 51, BWV 78, BWV 99, BWV 140, BWV 202, BWV 209, BWV 232

Stephen Sands


Video: BWV 245 [2015]

Keneth Slowik


BWV 245 [1st]

Jeffrey Thomas


BWV 8, BWV 12, BWV 18, BWV 51, BWV 61, BWV 131, BWV 232 [w/ American Bach Soloists]

Jeffrey Thomas


Member of American Bach Soloists:
Cantatas Vol. 2:
BWV 8, BWV 156
V-1 (1992):
BWV 232

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