Described as possessing a “luscious and full-bodied tone” (Das Opernglas), British-American mezzo-soprano Andrea Baker is renowned for her distinctive voice, intense artistry, and passion. Her much heralded interpretations range from Amneris in Aida, Fricka in Die Walküre and the title role in Carmen to Mescalina in Le Grand Macabre and Nen -Nen in Dominique Legendre’s world premiere of The Bird of Night. Last season saw her debut in the role of Die Amme in Die Frau Ohne Schatten. Her enthralling interpretation was hailed as an extraordinary success. The artist was described as “born to sing and act the music of Richard Strauss” (Opernetz).
The 2015/2016 season brings a number of exciting new engagements: Fricka in Die Walküre for the Berwick Opera Festival, Ortrud in South Korea’s first ever performances of Wagner’s Lohengrin for the Degu Opera Festival, followed by a new production for the Theater Osnabrück, and a much anticipated return to the 2016 International May Festival in Wiesbaden as Stolzius’ Mother in Die Soldaten. In addition to her operatic engagements Ms. Baker has begun to explore the world of radio by presenting the critically acclaimed documentary “A Man’s a Man for a’ That: Frederick Douglass in Scotland” for BBC Radio 4.
Highlights of her international appearances include the title role Carmen for Opera Australia, Finnish National Opera, Opera Leipzig, Serena in Porgy and Bess for the Berlin Philharmonic (Rattle), Opera Lyon, Houston Grand Opera, and The Edinburgh International Festival, Amneris in Aida for State Theatre Wiesbaden, State Theatre Nuremberg, State Theatre Dortmund, Ortrud in Lohengrin German National Theatre Weimar, State Theatre Wiesbaden, Theatre Kassel, Venus in Tannhäuser for the Teatro G. Verdi in Trieste, 1st Norn in Götterdämmerung BBC Proms (Runnicles), National Theatre Munich (Mehta), Fricka, Waltraute, 2nd Norn Wagner’s Ring Cycle, The Peking Festival (Auguin), The International May Festival (Piollet), National Theatre Mannheim (Fischer), State Theatre Nuremberg (Auguin), The Pilgrim’s Progress with The London Philharmonia (Hickox), Herodias in Salome with the London Symphony Orchestra (Hickox) Die Walküre at the Salzburg Easter Festival and Aix en Provence Festival (Rattle), Mrs. Grose in Turn of the Screw for the Festival de Ópera de Tenerife, Ismene in the world premiere of Dominique LeGendre’s opera The Burial at Thebes at London’s Globe Theatre with a libretto by Nobel Prize Lauriat Seamus Heaney and directed by Nobel Prize Lauriat Derek Walcott (Peter Manning), Waltraute (cover) in Wagner’s Ring Cycle for The Metropolitan Opera, New York (Levine).
Her collaborations with conductors include, Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Richard Hickox, Antonio Pappano, Philippe Auguin, Valery Gergiev, Marin Alsop, Adam Fischer, and Sir Charles Mackerras. Concert engagements have led her to many of the world’s greatest concert halls they include: Cité de la Musique, Paris, Berlin Philharmonie, Royal Albert Hall, London, Orchestra Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, Konzerthaus, Berlin and The Barbican, London, Tokyo Opera City.
Ms. Baker studied singing at the Aspen Music Festival and the Eastman School of Music with Jan Degaetani, and privately in San Francisco with Blanche Thebom. She was a Metropolitan Opera Competition National finalist and began her stage career with the San Francisco Opera in 1994 in the role of Schwertleite in Die Walküre conducted by Donald Runnicles.