Andrea Baker

"Andrea Baker had a real triumph as Brangäne. Her exquisite diction and luscious, full tones melt to a colorful and complex interpretation of Isoldes maid - it was pure pleasure."

Andrea 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 finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions and she gave her debut as Schwertleite at the San Francisco Opera in 1994, conducted by Donald Runnicles.

Her repertoire includes Carmen, Amneris, Ortrud (Lohengrin), Herodias, Stolzius’ Mother, Waltraute, Serena (Porgy and Bess), Leokadja Begbick (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny), Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress), Mrs. Grose (Turn of the Screw), Venus and 1. Norn, as well as Fricka, Waltraute, 2. Norn. She performed these roles at famous opera houses such as Opera Australia, Finish National Opera, Opera Lyon, Houston Grand Opera, Teatro G. Verdi in Trieste, Oper Leipzig, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Staatstheater Nürnberg and Staatstheater Dortmund, Theater Kassel, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Nationaltheater Mannheim. In addition, Andrea Baker participated in many Festivals, for example, the International Maifestspielen Wiesbaden, BBC Proms, Bejing Music Festival, Festival de Opéra de Tenerife, Salzburg Easter Festival and Aix-en-Provence Festival, with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berliner Philharmonikern. She sang Ismene in the world premiere of Dominique Le Gendre’s opera ‘The Burial at Thebes’ at London’s Globe Theatre with a libretto by the Nobel Prize Lauriat Seamus Heaney and directed by the Nobel Prize Lauriat Derek Walcott. Besides, she is a regular guest at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden and at Edinburgh International Festival, where she performed Rossweiße in August 2017. In autumn 2017, she was singing Kader in the premiere of “Schönerland” in Wiesbaden. In 2019/20, she leads the opera ‘Treemonisha’ to Toronto. 

In concert, the artist made her debut in Sweden with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra's Wagner Gala as Ortrud. Concert engagements have led her to many of the world’s greatest concert halls, for example the Cité de la Musique Paris, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Royal Albert Hall London, Orchestra Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Konzerthaus Berlin and The Barbican London and the Tokyo Opera City. Her collaborations with conductors include Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Richard Hickox, James Levine, Antonio Pappano, Philippe Auguin, Valery Gergiev, Marin Alsop, Adam Fischer and Sir Charles Mackerras.

With her one woman show ‘Sing Sistah Sing!’, she is guesting around the world and already performed at Nürnberg's Tucherschloss Museum, at Staatstheater Wiesbaden and in Dennis, Massachusetts, followed by an invitation of Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra in March 2018. Further performances are planned in Freiburg, Tubingen, at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at The Maltings theatre Berwick Upon Tweed in UK. A recording of the show is going to be released in January 2018.

In addition to her operatic engagements, she 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. 

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