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
Handel: Ezio / Clark, Baird, Fortunato, Lane, Et Al
Release Date: 05/30/1995   Label: Vox Classics  
Catalog: 7503   Number of Discs: 2
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Handel: Sosarme / Somary, Aler, Baird, Minter, Fortunato
Release Date: 06/28/1994   Label: Newport Classic  
Catalog: 85575   Number of Discs: 2
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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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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Gardiner, Rolfe-Johnson, Baird
Release Date: 10/25/1990   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 419250   Number of Discs: 2
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Handel: Faramando / Palmer, Baird, Minter, Fortunato, Et Al
Release Date: 12/03/1996   Label: Vox Classics  
Catalog: 7536   Number of Discs: 3
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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 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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