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Janet Baker

Janet Baker

Full Name Janet Baker
Date of Birth August 21, 1933
Age 90 years, 7 months, 1 days
Profession Opera Singer
Birth City England
Country United Kingdom
Horoscope Leo

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Janet Baker Biography

Janet Baker is one of the most popular and richest Opera Singer who was born on August 21, 1933 in England, United Kingdom. An English opera singer, she is known for intense performances of iconic roles such as Dido in Les Troyens. Over her three-decade-long career, she received many of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Gold Medal from the Royal Philharmonic Society.

A double album she released with the acclaimed pianist She released a collaborative double album with acclaimed pianist Gerald Moore which consisted of forty-two songs., which included forty-two tracks.

In 1957, she married James Keith Shelley. When she was 10, her older brother Peter died from a heart attack.

NameJanet Baker
First NameJanet
Last NameBaker
OccupationOpera Singer
BirthdayAugust 21
Birth Year1933
Place of Birth
Home TownEngland
Birth CountryUnited Kingdom
Birth SignLeo
Full/Birth Name
FatherNot Available
MotherNot Available
SiblingsNot Available
SpouseJames Keith Shelley
Children(s)Not Available

Ethnicity, religion & political views

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Janet Baker Net Worth

Janet Baker is one of the richest Opera Singer from United Kingdom. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Janet Baker's net worth $3-5 Million.* (Last Update: February 3, 2024)

Before making her stage debut in 1956 with Oxford University’s Opera Club, she worked as a bank clerk.

After her retirement from the stage she was elected Chancellor of York University from 1991 to 2004.

Net Worth (2024)$5 Million*
Net Worth in 2023$3 Million*
SalaryUnder Review
Source of IncomeOpera Singer
CarsNot Available
HouseLiving in own house.
N.B: * means unconfirmed

Janet Baker's Height & Physical Stats

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Who is Janet Baker Dating?

According to our records, Janet Baker married to James Keith Shelley. As of February 1, 2024, Janet Baker’s is not dating anyone.

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Interesting Facts about Janet Baker

  1. Janet Baker is a renowned English mezzo-soprano.
  2. She was born on August 21, 1933 in Yorkshire, England.
  3. Baker made her operatic debut in 1956 at the Glyndebourne Festival.
  4. She has won numerous awards including Grammy and Olivier Awards.
  5. Baker retired from singing in 1982 but continued to teach and mentor young singers.
  6. Her repertoire included works by Handel, Mozart, Berlioz, and Britten.
  7. Baker was known for her rich tone and emotional performances.
  8. She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1976.
  9. Baker has been described as one of the greatest singers of the 20th century.
  10. Her recordings are still highly regarded and widely listened to today.

Facts & Trivia

Janet Ranked on the list of most popular Opera Singer. Also ranked in the elit list of famous people born in United Kingdom. Janet Baker celebrates birthday on August 21 of every year.

Is Janet Baker's husband still alive?

Private life Those friends include the singer Felicity Lott, pianist Imogen Cooper, conductor Jane Glover and actress Patricia Routledge, all of whom appeared in a BBC documentary profile, Janet Baker in her own words, shown in 2019. After her husband suffered a stroke, she cared for him at home. He died in June 2019.

Is Janet Baker a contralto?

Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano, Contralto) – Short Biography.

Where does Janet Baker live now?

Now 78, Dame Janet lives quietly with her husband Keith in north-west London. A native of Yorkshire, she has all the no-nonsense directness, sincerity and determination associated with that county, and her radiant charm seems undimmed by the passing of the years.

Where was Janet Baker born?

Hatfield, United Kingdom

What age is Janet Baker?

89 years (August 21, 1933)

Key Events

  1. Dame Janet Abbott Baker (born 21 August 1933) is an English mezzo-soprano best known as an opera, concert, and lieder singer..

  2. During her career, which spanned the 1950s to the 1980s, she was considered an outstanding singing actress and widely admired for her dramatic intensity, perhaps best represented in her famous portrayal as Dido, the tragic heroine of Berlioz's magnum opus, Les Troyens..

  3. In her early years Baker worked in a bank, transferring to London in 1953 where she trained with Meriel St Clair and Helene Isepp, whose son Martin became her regular accompanist..

  4. Knocked down by a bus in 1956, she suffered concussion and a persistently painful back injury..

  5. In 1956, she made her stage debut with Oxford University's Opera Club as Miss Róza in Smetana's The Secret..

  6. She married James Keith Shelley in 1957 in Harrow; he became her manager and accompanied her to engagements..

  7. In 1959, she sang Eduige in the Handel Opera Society's Rodelinda; other Handel roles included Ariodante (1964), of which she later made a notable recording with Raymond Leppard, and Orlando (1966), which she sang at the Barber Institute, Birmingham..

  8. With the English Opera Group at Aldeburgh, Baker sang Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in 1962, Polly (in Benjamin Britten's version of The Beggar's Opera) and Lucretia (in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia)..

  9. In 1963, she sang the contralto part in the first performance at the BBC Promenade Concerts of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony under the direction of Leopold Stokowski, then making his Proms debut appearances..

  10. Among her most notable achievements are her recordings of the Angel in Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, made with Sir John Barbirolli in December 1964 and Sir Simon Rattle over twenty years later; her 1965 performances of Elgar's Sea Pictures and Mahler's Rückert Lieder, also recorded with Barbirolli; and, also from 1965, the first commercial recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams's Christmas oratorio Hodie under Sir David Willcocks..

  11. In 1966, Janet Baker made her debut as Hermia in Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and went on to sing Berlioz's Dido, Kate in Britten's Owen Wingrave, Mozart's Vitellia and Idamante, Cressida in William Walton's Troilus and Cressida and the title role in Gluck's Alceste (1981) there..

  12. At Glyndebourne she appeared again as Dido (1966) and as Diana/Jupiter in Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto, and Penelope in Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria..

  13. In 1968, she was initiated as an Honorary Member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity by the Alpha Omicron Chapter at Occidental College, California, United States..

  14. Janet Baker was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1970 and appointed to Dame Commander (DBE) in 1976..

  15. For the English National Opera, she sang the title role in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea (1971), Charlotte in Massenet's Werther, and the title roles in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda and Handel's Giulio Cesare. .

  16. She performed in 1971 for the Peabody Mason Concert series in Boston..

  17. In 1976 she premiered the solo cantata Phaedra, written for her by Britten; and Dominick Argento's Pulitzer Prize-winning song cycle From the Diary of Virginia Woolf, also written with her voice in mind..

  18. She was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Northern College of Music (FRNCM) in 1978..

  19. She received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize of Denmark in 1979..

  20. Dame Janet's final operatic appearance was as Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, on 17 July 1982, at Glyndebourne..

  21. She has been a vice-president of The Bach Choir since 1983..

  22. She is the recipient of both Honorary Membership (1987) and the Gold Medal (1990) of the Royal Philharmonic Society..

  23. In May 1988, she repeated the role in a concert performance with the Oratorio Society of New York (an unannounced farewell to the U..

  24. She had continued to perform lieder recitals, retiring for good in 1989 (although she did make a small handful of recordings in January, 1990). She published a memoir, Full Circle, in 1982..

  25. In 1991, Baker was elected Chancellor of the University of York..

  26. She was appointed a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in 1993..

  27. She held the position until 2004, when she was succeeded by Greg Dyke..

  28. In 2007, she received the Distinguished Musician Award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians and in 2011 she was installed as an Honorary Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians at a ceremony in the City of London..

  29. An enthusiastic Patron of the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, she gave an address at the closing ceremony of the 2009 event..

  30. Following her retirement as a singer, she did perform and record some spoken roles, for example the role of the narrator in Britten's incidental music for The Rescue of Penelope; in later years, apart from occasional public appearances such as the 2009 Leeds event, she said she had "nothing to do with anyone except close friends"..

  31. The death of her elder brother, Peter, when she was 10 years old, from a heart condition, was a formative moment that made her take responsibility for the rest of her life, she revealed in a BBC Radio 3 Lebrecht Interview in September 2011..

  32. She was voted into Gramophone magazine's inaugural Hall of Fame in 2012..

  33. Those friends include the singer Felicity Lott, pianist Imogen Cooper, conductor Jane Glover and actress Patricia Routledge, all of whom appeared in a BBC documentary profile, Janet Baker in her own words, shown in 2019..

  34. He died in June 2019..