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Julianne Baird

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Born: December 10, 1952; Satesville, NC  
Julianne Baird is an accomplished early music singer who brings scholarly expertise and a clear soprano voice to bear on a wide repertory of music, primarily from the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. She has made dozens of solo recordings for the Dorian, Koch, L'Oiseau-Lyre, and Albany labels, among others, and appears as a soloist on some of the best complete recordings of Baroque opera and oratorio available in the catalog. Read more

Baird began her career singing with the Waverly Consort and other ensembles. Her first major engagement was in the world premiere of Steve Reich's Tehillim with the New York Philharmonic in 1983 -- a foray into contemporary music that, while not especially relevant to the rest of her work, nevertheless gave her career a boost. Throughout the rest of the 1980s and 1990s, Baird solidified her reputation as one of early music's most charismatic young performers, appearing internationally in works of Handel, Bach, Purcell, and Monteverdi. In concert, she also explored the lute song repertory, French, Italian, and German solo cantatas, and Renaissance vocal works.

Her extensive musicological education (including a Ph.D. from Stanford University) has allowed her to combine her natural musicality and vocal gifts with an uncommon degree of stylistic knowledge and understanding. The results, thankfully un-academic in sound and feeling, have made her popular with conductors and audiences alike. She has been particularly successful as an interpreter of Handel in general and of the Messiah in particular, where her clear sound and judicious ornamentation always seem right at home.

On occasion, Baird has ventured into eighteenth and nineteenth century works. Her recording of Mozart songs for Dorian captures the composer's crisp style, if not always his warmth and humor. Her performances of Schubert include a unique recording of the 18-song version of the Winterreise song cycle.

Since 1989, Baird has served on the faculty of New Jersey's Rutgers University, where she has earned a reputation as a committed and capable teacher. She is also in demand nationwide for master classes and recitals. Read less
As It Fell On A Holie Eve - Music For An Elizabethan Christmas / Baird, Parthenia
Release Date: 09/14/2010   Label: Msr  
Catalog: 1365   Number of Discs: 1
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Songs Of Love And War / Baird, Tilney, Lutzke
Release Date: 08/31/1993   Label: Sono Luminus  
Catalog: 90104   Number of Discs: 1
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Songs Of Mozart / Julianne Baird, Colin Tilney
Release Date: 08/31/1993   Label: Sono Luminus  
Catalog: 90173   Number of Discs: 1
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In Dulci Jubilo - Baroque Music For Christmas / Baird, Et Al
Release Date: 10/31/2006   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 2831   Number of Discs: 1
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    L'Oiseau-Lyre - The Baroque Era
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002072902 Release Date: 06/17/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  William Boyce,  John Blow,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Libby Crabtree,  Michael George,  Emma Kirkby  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Joshua Rifkin,  Christophe Rousset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Westminster Abbey School Choristers Choir,  New London Consort Orchestra  ... 
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    Handel: Acis And Galatea, Hwv 49 / Somary, Baird, Hirst
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 60045 Release Date: 11/05/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Stephen Oosting,  John Ostendorf,  Grayson Hirst,  Julianne Baird  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Somary
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amor Artis Orchestra,  AmorArtis Orchestra
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    Handel: Siroe / Palmer, Fortunato, Baird, Ostendorf, Etc
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 60125 Release Date: 05/07/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Julianne Baird,  D'Anna Fortunato,  Frederick Urrey,  Steven Rickards  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolph Palmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra
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    All-Baroque Box (From Monteverdi To Bach) [50-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001719702 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Stephen Varcoe,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Paul McCreesh,  Marc Minkowski,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Gabrieli Consort  ... 
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    Purcell: Dido And Aeneas, The Indian Queen / Hogwood, Bott, Kirkby, Ainsley, Thomas
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001650902 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Gerald Finley,  Thomas Williams,  Catherine Bott  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus,  Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble,  Academy of Ancient Music
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    The Decca Sound [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619902 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    As It Fell On A Holie Eve - Music For An Elizabethan Christmas / Baird, Parthenia
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1365 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Thomas Ravenscroft,  Anthony Holborne,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Julianne Baird
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parthenia
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    Bach: Cantata No 202 & 209 / Rifkin, Baird, Bach Ensemble
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 421424 Release Date: 04/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Julianne Baird
    Conductor:  Joshua Rifkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Ensemble
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    Les Amours De Mai - Love Songs In The Age Of Ronsard / Baird, Mealy, Parthenia
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1304 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Bonnet,  Francois du Caurroy,  Andreas Pevernage,  Giovanni Bassano  ... 
    Performer:  Julianne Baird,  Robert Mealy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parthenia
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    Bach: Magnificat In D, Orchestral Suite No 3 / Radu, Ama Deus Ensemble
    Label: Vox   Catalog: 7531 Release Date: 01/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Kevin Deas,  David Price,  Lorie Gratis,  Julianne Baird  ... 
    Conductor:  Valentin Radu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ama Deus Ensemble
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    Cantates Francaises, Vol. 1: Jacquet De La Guerre & Clerambault
    Label: Plectra   Catalog: 5637572004 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  E. Jacquet de La Guerre,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
    Performer:  Julianne Baird,  Laura Heimes,  Karen Flint,  Curtis Streetman
    Conductor:  Karen Flint
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandywine Baroque
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    Love In Arcadia - Duets & Trios / Brandywine Baroque
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637233009 Release Date: 10/27/2008  
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Douglas Mcnames,  Tony Boutté,  Sumner Thompson,  Laura Heimes  ... 
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    Label: American Bach Soloists   Catalog: 5638173749 Release Date: 09/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  William [Baritone Vocal] Sharp,  Julianne Baird,  Judith Nelson,  Jeffrey [Tenor Vocals/Conductor] Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Thomas
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    Label: American Bach Soloists   Catalog: 5638172470 Release Date: 09/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Drew [Counter Tenor Vocals] Minter,  Julianne Baird,  James F. Weaver [Bass-Baritone Vocal],  Benjamin Butterfield
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Thomas
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    Flaming Rose - Handel: Nine German Arias, Etc / Baird, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 743 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Julianne Baird
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tempesta di Mare
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    Purcell: Dido And Aeneas / Valentin Radu,  Ama Deus Baroque Ensemble
    Label: Lyrichord   Catalog: 8057 Release Date: 07/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Fran Bjorneby Kraemer,  Patricia Conrad,  Dennis Kalup,  Jennifer Graf  ... 
    Conductor:  Valentin Radu
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    Label: Plectra   Catalog: 5637233006 Release Date: 02/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Thomas Chilcot,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Laura Heimes,  Julianne Baird,  Karen Flint,  Tony Bouté
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandywine Baroque
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    Scarlatti: La Giuditta / Comparone, Baird, Coid, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 904 Release Date: 01/02/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti
    Performer:  Julianne Baird,  Philip Anderson,  Marshall Coid
    Conductor:  Elaine Comparone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Queen's Chamber Band
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    In Dulci Jubilo - Baroque Music For Christmas / Baird, Et Al
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2831 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Thomas Ravenscroft,  William Sandys,  Philipp Friedrich Böddecker  ... 
    Performer:  Myron Lutzke,  Linda Quan,  Christopher Krueger,  Arthur Haas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aulos Ensemble
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  • 20.
    Gloria - Handel In Rome
    Label: Lyrichord   Catalog: 8055 Release Date: 08/15/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Julianne Baird,  Elaine Comparone,  Marshall Coid,  Marsha Heller  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Queen's Chamber Band
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    Gluck: La Corona / Rudolph Palmer, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 791/92 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Mary Ellen Callahan,  Danielle Munsell Howard,  Julianne Baird
    Conductor:  Rudolph Palmer
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  • 22.
    Celtic Caravans - Road To Romantacism / Julianne Baird
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1105 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Amy Brodo,  Lars Johannesson,  Rob Diggins,  Julianne Baird  ... 
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  • 23.
    Telemann: Harmonischer Gottes-dienst / Baird, Bowman
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84467 Release Date: 01/04/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  James Bowman,  Julianne Baird
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Music's Recreation Baroque
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  • 24.
    Jane Austen's Songbook / Baird, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 722 Release Date: 12/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Charles Dibdin,  Stephen Storace,  William Shield  ... 
    Performer:  Laura H. Heimes,  Colin St. Martin,  Karen Flint,  Anthony Boutté  ... 
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    Caldara: The Card Game / Julianne Baird, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 705 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Caldara
    Performer:  Julianne Baird,  Laura H. Heimes,  Elaine Comparone,  Judith Pannill  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Alltop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Queen's Chamber Band
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