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
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  • 51.
    Handel: Sosarme / Somary, Aler, Baird, Minter, Fortunato
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85575 Release Date: 06/28/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Aler,  Julianne Baird,  Drew Minter,  D'Anna Fortunato  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Somary
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amor Artis Orchestra,  Taghkanic Chorale
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  • 52.
    Purcell: Dido & Aeneas / Hogwood, Bott, Kirkby, Ainsley
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 436992 Release Date: 06/07/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Sara Stowe,  John Mark Ainsley,  Catherine Bott  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus,  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 53.
    Handel: Muzio / Palmer, Fortunato, Baird, Ostendorf, Et Al
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85540 Release Date: 10/04/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Frederick Urrey,  Julianne Baird,  Edward Brewer,  John Ostendorf  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolph Palmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Handel: Joshua / Palmer, Baird, Aler, Ostendorf, Etc
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85515 Release Date: 10/01/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Aler,  Julianne Baird,  D'Anna Fortunato,  John Ostendorf
    Conductor:  Rudolph Palmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra,  Rudolph Palmer Singers
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  • 55.
    Telemann: Pimpinone / Palmer, Ostendorf, Baird, St. Luke's
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 60117 Release Date: 10/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Julianne Baird,  John Ostendorf
    Conductor:  Rudolph Palmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Luke's Baroque Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Dorian Sampler Vol V
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90005 Release Date: 08/31/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Johnson,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Jean Guillou,  Ivan Moravec,  Antonin Kubalek,  Victor Braun  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph Perick,  Eduardo Mata
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort,  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,  Rembrandt Trio  ... 
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  • 57.
    English Mad Songs And Ayres / Baird, Tilney, Mackay
    Label: Dorian Recordings   Catalog: 90105 Release Date: 08/31/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  John Blow,  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Julianne Baird,  Colin Tilney,  Alison Mackay
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  • 58.
    Handel - The Italian Years;  Telemann, Vivaldi / Baird
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90147 Release Date: 08/31/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Julianne Baird
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philomel
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  • 59.
    Songs Of Love And War / Baird, Tilney, Lutzke
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90104 Release Date: 08/31/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Giulio Caccini  ... 
    Performer:  Colin Tilney,  Julianne Baird,  Myron Lutzke
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  • 60.
    Songs Of Mozart / Julianne Baird, Colin Tilney
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90173 Release Date: 08/31/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Julianne Baird,  Colin Tilney
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  • 61.
    The Dorian Collection Sampler Vol III
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90003 Release Date: 08/31/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Adson,  Antoine Busnois,  Paul Peuerl,  Andrew Blackhall  ... 
    Performer:  Custer LaRue,  Ronn McFarlane,  Colin Tilney,  Dalton Baldwin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Kammermusiker,  Baltimore Consort,  The Rembrandt Trio
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  • 62.
    Awake Sweet Love - The Music Of John Dowland
    Label: Arabesque   Catalog: 6622 Release Date: 08/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Dowland
    Performer:  David Tayler,  Julianne Baird
    Conductor:  Robert DeCormier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert DeCormier Singers
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  • 63.
    Bach: Mass In B Minor / Rifkin, Bach Ensemble
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79036 Release Date: 05/28/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Judith Nelson,  Julianne Baird,  Jeffrey Dooley,  Frank Hoffmeister  ... 
    Conductor:  Joshua Rifkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Ensemble
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  • 64.
    Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Gardiner, Rolfe-Johnson, Baird
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 419250 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Nancy Argenta,  Mary Nichols,  John Tomlinson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists,  His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts
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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"
Das zitternde Glanzen der spielenden Wellen (The Sparkling and Shining of the Waves at Play), HWV 203
Kunft'ger Zeiten eitler Kummer (No Vain Concern for Times to Come), HWV 202
Meine Seele hort im Sehen (My Soul Hears in Seeing), HWV 207
Susser blumen ambraflocken (Sweet Blooms with your Amber Petals), HWV 204
Die ihr aus dunkeln Gruften (O All who Dig vain Mammon / from dark caverns), HWV 208
In den angenehmen Buschen (In These Delightful Groves), HWV 209
Flammende Rose, Zierde der Erden (Flaming Rose, Earth's Adornment), HWV 210
Singe, Seele, Gott zum preise (Sing, O my Soul, Sing in Praise of God), HWV 206
Susse stille, sanfte quelle (Sweet Silence, Soft Source of Calm Tranquility), HWV 205
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"