Baker, Dame Janet (opera) (Abbott )
- Alan Blyth
(b Hatfield, Yorks., Aug 21, 1933). English mezzo-soprano . She studied in London with Helene Isepp and Meriel St Clair, making her début in 1956 as Miss Róza in The Secret (Oxford University Opera Club). In 1959 she sang Eduige in the Handel Opera Society’s Rodelinda; other Handel roles included Ariodante (1964) and Orlando (1966), which she sang at the Barber Institute, Birmingham. With the English Opera Group at Aldeburgh she sang Purcell’s Dido (1962), Polly (Britten’s version of The Beggar’s Opera) and Lucretia. At Glyndebourne she appeared again as Dido (1966) and as Diana/Jupiter (Calisto) and Penelope (Il ritorno d’Ulisse). For Scottish Opera she sang Dorabella, Dido (Troyens), Octavian, the Composer and Gluck’s Orpheus. At Covent Garden, having made her debut in 1966 as Hermia, she sang Berlioz’s Dido, Kate in owen wingrave...