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Janet Baker (1933-), Singer

Dame Janet Abbott Baker

Sitter in 12 portraits
One of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation, equally renowned for her opera, oratori and recital performances. Baker made her operatic debut in 1956, and from the mid 1960s appeared at Glyndebourne and Covent Garden with the English Opera Group. She sung the title role in The Rape of Lucretia on tour in Russia (1964), and the role of Kate Julian in Owen Wingrave (1967) was created for her. Baker sang pieces from Britten's early operetta, Paul Bunyan at the 1974 Aldeburgh Festival, and the following year her performance in Berlioz's cycle Nuit d'été was a festival highlight. As a result Britten was inspired to write for her the dramatic cantata Phaedra (1975).

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Janet Baker

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 25 April 1977
NPG P1140


Janet Baker

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1978
NPG P150(4)


Janet Baker

by Lord Snowdon
vintage bromide print, 18 November 1981
NPG P800


Janet Baker

by Daphne Todd
oil on board, 1987
NPG 5987


Janet Baker

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 13 October 1969
NPG x163834


Janet Baker

by Godfrey MacDomnic
bromide print on card mount, 1970
NPG x76988


Janet Baker

by Press Association Photos
bromide press print, February 1976
NPG x184160


Janet Baker

by Denis Waugh
C-type colour print, August 1982
NPG x32367


Janet Baker

by Denis Waugh
C-type colour print, August 1982
NPG x32366


Janet Baker

by ABC Television
bromide press print, 1967
NPG x184159


Janet Baker

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1970s
NPG x367


Janet Baker

by Unknown photographer
bromide press print, January 1979
NPG x184161