Julianne Baird

Composers

Biography

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
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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    Gluck: Il Parnasso Confuso / Robert Palmer, Julianne Baird
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 655 Release Date: 03/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Marshall Coid,  Mary Ellen Callahan,  Danielle Munsell Howard,  Julianne Baird  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Palmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queens Chamber Band
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  • 29.
    Soprano Arias With Trumpet & Organ / Baird, Kelly, Alltop
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 555 Release Date: 12/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Marchand,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Alessandro Melani,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Alltop,  Darin Kelly,  Julianne Baird
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  • 30.
    Rossini In Venice / Baird, Gratis, Urrey, Hougham, Willis
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 530 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Frederick Urrey,  Andrew Willis,  Julianne Baird,  Brad Hougham  ... 
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  • 31.
    Handel: Deidamia / Palmer, Baird, Brewer Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 460 Release Date: 08/28/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Brenda Harris,  Julianne Baird,  D'Anna Fortunato,  John Cheek  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolph Palmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra,  Rudolph Palmer Singers
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  • 32.
    Handel: Messiah / Radu, Baird, Lane, Price, Deas, Ama Deus
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 7502 Release Date: 06/28/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  David Price,  Jennifer Lane,  Julianne Baird,  Kevin Deas
    Conductor:  Valentin Radu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ama Deus Ensemble
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  • 33.
    Shakespeare's Music / Baird, Mcfarlane, Urrey, Et Al
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90017 Release Date: 05/09/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Johnson,  Robert Johnson,  Alfonso Ferrabosco,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Ronn McFarlane,  Julianne Baird,  Frederick Urrey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort,  Les Witches,  Toronto Consort  ... 
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  • 34.
    Glorious Handel - Soprano Arias / Julianne Baird, Et Al
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85646 Release Date: 08/17/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Julianne Baird
    Conductor:  Rudolph Palmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra
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    Elizabeth's Music / Baltimore Consort, Et Al
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90015 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  William Byrd,  Matthew Holmes,  Giles Farnaby  ... 
    Performer:  Ronn McFarlane,  Colin Tilney,  Julianne Baird,  Frederick Urrey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort,  Toronto Consort
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  • 36.
    Fanny Mendelssohn: Lieder / Julianne Baird, Keith Weber
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85652 Release Date: 01/26/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel
    Performer:  Keith Weber,  Julianne Baird
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  • 37.
    The Art Of The American Singer
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85636 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach,  George Frideric Handel,  André Messager,  Victor Herbert  ... 
    Performer:  Mary Ellen Callahan,  Frederick Urrey,  Ted Christopher,  Julianne Baird  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolph Palmer,  J. Lynn Thompson,  Johannes Somary,  Michael Butterman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rudolph Palmer Singers,  Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra,  Ohio Light Opera  ... 
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  • 38.
    Explore The Classics - Love
    Label: Allegro   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 03/31/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Gustav Mahler,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Julianne Baird,  Ronn McFarlane,  Martin Jones,  Simon Keenlyside  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Leopold Stokowski,  Maurice Abravanel,  Sir Charles Groves  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Houston Symphony Orchestra,  Utah Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 39.
    Handel: Alexander Balus / Palmer, Baird, Fortunato, Et Al
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85625 Release Date: 01/27/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Julianne Baird,  D'Anna Fortunato,  Frederick Urrey,  Peter Castaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolph Palmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra,  Rudolph Palmer Singers
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  • 40.
    Teasin'- Parlor Songs & Rags / Baird, Palmer, Magic Circle
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 1001 Release Date: 10/23/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Scott,  Arthur Sullivan,  Albert Von Tilzer,  Ford Dabney  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolph Palmer,  Julianne Baird,  Madeline Tsingopoulos,  Darcy Dunn  ... 
    Conductor:  Ray Evans Harrell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magic Circle Opera Ensemble
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  • 41.
    Schubert: Winterreise / Julianne Baird, Andrew Willis
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85614 Release Date: 08/26/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Andrew Willis,  Julianne Baird
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  • 42.
    Vivaldi: Magnificat, Gloria / Radu, Baird, Ama Deus Ensemble
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85617 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  James Hamlin,  Thomas Freas,  Sarah Davol,  Lorie Gratis  ... 
    Conductor:  Valentin Radu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ama Deus Ensemble
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  • 43.
    Foss: The Jumping Frog Of Calaveras County / Clark, Baird
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85609 Release Date: 03/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lukas Foss
    Performer:  Julianne Baird,  Frederick Urrey,  Kevin Deas,  Peter Castaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Auldon Clark
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Handel: Faramando / Palmer, Baird, Minter, Fortunato, Et Al
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 7536 Release Date: 12/03/1996   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Drew Minter,  Peter Castaldi,  Mary Ellen Callahan,  D'Anna Fortunato  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolph Palmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Jane's Hand - The Jane Austen Songbooks / Baird, Newman
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 7537 Release Date: 12/03/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Charles Dibdin,  Samuel Howard  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Newman,  Newman, Mary Jane [Conductor, Organ, Harpsichord],  Nancy Wilson,  Lorie Gratis  ... 
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  • 46.
    Handel: Arias / Baird, Brewer, Palmer, Et Al
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85568 Release Date: 06/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Edward Brewer,  Julianne Baird,  Loretta O'Sullivan
    Conductor:  Rudolph Palmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Handel: Acis & Galatea / Radu, Baird, Urrey, Price, Deas
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 7519 Release Date: 03/12/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Frederick Urrey,  Julianne Baird,  David Price,  Kevin Deas
    Conductor:  Valentin Radu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ama Deus Ensemble
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  • 48.
    Handel: Berenice / Palmer, Baird, Minter, Opalach, Fortunato
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85620 Release Date: 10/24/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Jan Opalach,  D'Anna Fortunato,  Drew Minter,  Julianne Baird
    Conductor:  Rudolph Palmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Foster: Songs / Baird, Russell, Urrey, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 119 Release Date: 07/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Foster
    Performer:  Steve Schneider,  Ridley Enslow,  Linda Russell,  Julianne Baird  ... 
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    Handel: Ezio / Clark, Baird, Fortunato, Lane, Et Al
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 7503 Release Date: 05/30/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Jennifer Lane,  Nathaniel Watson,  Frederick Urrey,  Raymond Pellerin  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Auldon Clark
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan Chamber Orchestra,  Magic Circle Opera Ensemble
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