Soprano Julianne Baird has been hailed by the New York Times as a “national artistic treasure” and as a “well-nigh peerless performer in the repertory of the baroque. She possesses a natural musicianship that engenders singing of supreme expressive beauty.” The London Times has called her Handel performances “exquisitely stylish. This estimable artist maintains a busy concert and recording schedule of solo recitals and performances of baroque opera and oratorio.”
With more than 130 recordings to her credit, thumb Julianne Baird has been named as one of the world’s 10 most-recorded classical artists. In addition to her major roles in a series of acclaimed recordings of Handel and Gluck operatic premieres, her recording, Handel: The Italian Muse (with arias from Alcina and Rinaldo with the Dryden Ensemble), was released in June 2012.
Her recent work also includes recitals and recording sessions at the Library of Congress and a focus on 18th-century female composers. She recorded the complete biblical cantatas of Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and performed the U.S. premiere of the oratorio, The Prodigal Son, by Camilla de Rossi with La Donna Musicale of Boston. Her premiere CD of the 18th-century Venetian composer Anna Bon was released by La Donna Musicale in March 2012 and won a national research award.
Dr. Baird is a Distinguished Professor of Music at Rutgers University. She is recognized internationally as one whose “virtuosic vocal style is firmly rooted in scholarship.” Singers and professional schools use her book, Introduction to the Art of Singing (Cambridge University Press, now in its 3rd printing). The Colonial Institute released her CD and songbook, The Musical World of Benjamin Franklin, in 2007.