I can't let August slip by without saluting the birthday of my all-time favourite mezzo-soprano, the magnificent Janet Baker, born on 21st August 1933. Belated Happy Birthday Dame Janet, your voice is sublime, it thrills me to the core and envelops me, body and soul.
To hear Dame Janet Baker singing the aria 'Dopo Notte' from Handel's Ariodante, with the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Raymond Leppard (my favourite recording and one from my own collection), click on the link below.
To read more about Dame Janet Baker, click on the link below.
To read my previous blog 'Mezzo-Sopranos: Dame Janet Baker', click on the link below.