The American soprano, Sharon Baker, is New England Third Place Winner 1981.
Voted Boston's "Musician of the Year, 1998," by the Boston Globe, Sharon Baker is internationally recognized for her stylistic musicianship and purity of tone, most notable in the interpretation of Baroque and contemporary music.
Sharon Baker is a favorite soloist with many of Boston's outstanding period orchestras including the Handel & Haydn Society, Christopher Hogwood, Director, both in Symphony Hall and on national tour, and she performed Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria for the Society's 175th ubilee Celebration at Boston's famed Esplanade, the Boston Cecilia Society, as part of its annual Handel Oratorio Series, and Boston Baroque, and is featured on a new Telarc recording of Moravian Music with the latter. Opera roles include George Frideric Handel's Cleopatra, Teseo, and Dorinda, Mozart's Zerlina, Pamina, Pappagena and Zilberklang, and Monteverdi's Poppea, among others The versatile soprano has also performed in the premieres of two American operas: Philip Glass' the Fall of the House of Usher and Robert Aldridge's Elmer Gantry. She has appeared at the Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals.
Recent solo engagements include Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi's Vespers with the National Arts Center Orchestra of Ottawa, G.F. Handel's L'Allegro with the Handel & Haydn Society, Anton Webern Songs, Op. 6, with Boston Musica Viva, J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mozart's Requiem with the National Symphony Orchestra and J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass (BWV 232) as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center.
2000-2001 season highlights included the USA premiere of Mozart's newly discovered Der Stein der Weisen with Boston Baroque, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's Stabat Mater in collaboration with Peter Martins and the New York City Ballet, and performances of G.F. Handel's Triumph of Time and Truth on tour in Germany and Italy with Aston Magna.
Sharon Baker will be singing in Poppea with Boston Baroque in October 2000 in the role of Drusilla, and also as the princess in the Beneficent Dirvish (Spring, 2001), the sequel to the Philosopher's Stone, a Mozart collaborative opera which was discovered a few years back and premiered and recorded by Boston Baroque on Telarc. The Dirvish will be recorded on Telarc as well. She has a part on a newly released recording of Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride (Telarc). She has been performing G.B. Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with the New York City Ballet for the past 4 years, most recently in Saratoga Springs, the Ballet's summer home. This continued in February of 2001. In December 2001 she also performed her 12th annual Boston Messiah with Boston Baroque, as well as New Year's Eve and Day concerts.
Sharon Baker has recorded music of Haydn and G.F. Handel on the Arabesque label, Mozart's sacred music on the Harmonia Mundi USA label, and is featured on a 1999 Telarc release of Mozart's Der Stein Der Weisen.