Julianne Baird

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
Browse 26-50 of 63 Available Recordings
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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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,  Thomas Campion  ... 
    Performer:  Ronn McFarlane,  Colin Tilney,  Julianne Baird,  Frederick Urrey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort,  Toronto Consort
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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    Handel: Imeneo / Palmer, Ostendorf, Baird, Opalach, Et Al
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5135 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Jan Opalach,  Beverly Hoch,  Julianne Baird,  D'Anna Fortunato  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolph Palmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra,  Rudolph Palmer Singers
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  • 48.
    A. Scarlatti: Ishmael / Palmer, Baird, Fortunato, Et Al
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85558 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti
    Performer:  Erie Mills,  Edward Brewer,  Louise Schulman,  John Ostendorf  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolph Palmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Bartok & Kodaly / Julianne Baird, The Crofut Consort
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 46 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Zoltán Kodály
    Performer:  Julianne Baird
    Conductor:  Steven Lipsitt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Crofut Consort,  Boston University Women's Chorus
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  • 50.
    Lullabies And Dances / Julianne Baird And Bill Crofut
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 48 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Anonymous,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Julianne Baird,  Bill Crofut,  Joel Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Crofut Consort
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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
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Overture
"Shake the cloud from off your brow"
"Ah! Belinda. I am prest with torment"
"When monarchs unite"
"Whence could so much virtue spring?"
"Fear no danger"
"See, see, your royal guest appears"
"Cupid only throws the dart"
"If not for mine"
"Pursue thy conquest, love"
A Dance Gittars Chacony
"To the hills and the vales"
The triumphing dance
Prelude for the witches - "Wayward sisters"
"Harm's our delight"
"The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate"
"In our deep vaulted cell"
Echo dance of the Furies
Ritornelle - "Thanks to these lonesome vales"
Glitter ground - a dance
"Oft she visits" - Ritornelle
"Behold upon my bending spear"
"Haste, haste to town"
"Stay, Prince, stay"
Ritornelle
Prelude - "Come away, fellow sailors"
The Sailors' Dance
"See the flags and streamers curling"
"Destruction's our delight"
The Witches' Dance
"Your councel all is urg'd in vain"
"Great minds against themselves conspire"
"Thy Hand Belinda - When I Am Laid In Earth"
"With drooping wings"
Part I: Introduction
Part I: Recitative: Nutrice, al fato Assiro cedo Bettulia (Giuditta)
Part I: Aria: Turbe timide, che fate? (Giuditta)
Part I: Recitative: Signora, ah, che le strida del nostro sesso imbelle (Nutrice)
Part I: Aria: A che giova d'un solo l'ardire (Nutrice)
Part I: Recitative - Aria: S'il piu forte vacilla lo sostenga il me forte (Giuditta)
Part I: Scene: Scordato consigliere de le sembianze mie, torna (Giuditta)
Part I: Duet: Deh, rifletti al gran cimento (Nutrice, Giuditta)
Part I: Recitative - Aria: Segui, madre, il mio passo, ch'orme piu gloriose (Giuditta)
Part I: Scene: Ecco le tende Assire (Giuditta, Nutrice)
Part I: Recitative: Donna, de petti Assiri son men forti (Oloferne)
Part I: Aria: Togliti da quest' occhi (Oloferne)
Part I: Recitative: Duce, Bettulia e serva del tuo valor (Giuditta)
Part I: Aria: Se ritorno, entro le mura (Giuditta)
Part I: Recitative: Donna, a torto m'accussi di superbo e crudel (Oloferne)
Part I: Aria: Mi, combatte, mi stringe, m'alterra (Oloferne)
Part I: Recitative: Ma no , vanne, ch'in campo ove all gloria (Oloferne)
Part I: Duet: Tu m' uccidi e non m' accogli (Oloferne, Giuditta)
Introduction: Sinfonia
Recitative: Non lo sperar, Climene. Raffrenarmi io non posso (Atalanta, Climene, Asteria)
Aria: Vacilla il mio coraggio, il mio vigor vien meno (Atalanta)
Recitative: Di Calidone il prence opportuno (Climene, Asteria, Atalanta, Meleagro)
Aria: Sol voi rese il Ciel cortese (Meleagro)
Recitative: Al generoso prence chi risponder si puo? (Climene, Asteria, Meleagro, Atalanta)
Aria: Anch'io mi sento in petto (Asteria)
Recitative: Che bell'ardir! Vieni al mio seno, o cara (Atalanta)
Aria: Quel chiaro rio che a pena (Atalanta)
Recitative: Ah! cosi vuoi? Ti sieguo (Asteria, Voices of Hunters, Atalanta, Climene)
Recitative: Lungi dal'idol mio, fra mille e mille pene (Soprano)
Aria: Piangi, misero cor, il sospirato amor (Soprano)
Recitative: Ah, ben previde il cor, ch'a darmi pene (Soprano)
Aria: Darvi un guardo solo (Soprano)
No. 8. Anzoleta avanti la regata
No. 9. Anzoleta co passa la regata
No. 10. Anzoleta dopo la regata
Act I: Overture: Fugue
Act I: March
Act I: Recitative: Per vendicar di Menelao l'offesa cui Paride Troja (Ulisse, Lycomede, Fenice)
Act I: Arioso: Grecia tu offendi, Troja difendi (Ulisse)
Act I: Recitative: Falsa e la voce che in mia reggia avesse lungo (Lycomede, Fenice)
Act I: Aria: Al tardar della vendetta (Fenice)
Act I: Recitative: O d'amicizia sante leggi, voi dell'amico Peleo sentir (Lycomede)
Act I: Aria: Nelle nubi intorno al Fato (Lycomede)
Act I: Recitative - Air: Ecco il mio ben. Tutti momenti, ahi lassa! (Deidamia)
Act I: Aria: Di lusinghe, di dolcezza non fatica non asprezza (Nerea)
Act I: Arioso: Seguir di selva in selva la fuggitiva Selva (Achille)
Act I: Recitative: E sempre fisse vi ritrovo a queste opre d'ozio (Achille, Deidamia)
Act I: Aria: Quando accenderan quel petto (Deidamia)
Act I: Recitative: Alla delizia del cor mio, diletta, sempre fido saro (Achille)
Act I: Aria: Se pensi amor tu solo per vezzo e per belta (Achille)
Act I: Recitative: L'uno e Fenice Argo, l'altro e Nestore Pilio (Nerea, Deidamia)
Act I: Aria: Si, che desio quel che tu brami (Nerea)
Act I: Recitative: In vano, o principessa, qui di Peleo venni a cercare (Ulisse, Deidamia)
Act I: Aria: Perdere il bene amato che il fato e amor ti die (Ulisse)
Act I: Recitative: Da questi scaltri ospiti Greci e d'uopo lunge tener (Deidamia)
Act I: Aria: Nasconde l'usignol' in alti rami il nido (Deidamia)
Act II: Aria: Si, m'appaga, si m'alletta quella vaga collinetta (Achille)
Act II: Recitative: No, che ninfa non e. Ma gia finito e il diporto (Fenice)
Act II: L'alto giove al travaglio penoso (Hunters)
Overture
"Shake the cloud from off your brow"
"Ah! Belinda. I am prest with torment"
"When monarchs unite"
"Whence could so much virtue spring?"
"Fear no danger"
"See, see, your royal guest appears"
"Cupid only throws the dart"
"If not for mine"
"Pursue thy conquest, love"
A Dance Gittars Chacony
"To the hills and the vales"
The triumphing dance
Prelude for the witches - "Wayward sisters"
"Harm's our delight"
"The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate"
"In our deep vaulted cell"
Echo dance of the Furies
Ritornelle - "Thanks to these lonesome vales"
Glitter ground - a dance
"Oft she visits" - Ritornelle
"Behold upon my bending spear"
"Haste, haste to town"
"Stay, Prince, stay"
Ritornelle
Prelude - "Come away, fellow sailors"
The Sailors' Dance
"See the flags and streamers curling"
"Destruction's our delight"
The Witches' Dance
"Your councel all is urg'd in vain"
"Great minds against themselves conspire"
"Thy Hand Belinda - When I Am Laid In Earth"
"With drooping wings"