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. The 2015 season saw her debut in the role of Die Amme in Die Frau Ohne Schatten. Her enthralling interpretation was hailed as an extraordinary success. Andrea Baker was described as “born to sing and act the music of Richard Strauss” (Opernetz). In addition to her celebrated work on the opera stage, the artist has begun to work as a presenter for the BBC, beginning with the exceptional documentary “A Man’s a Man for a’ That, Frederick Douglass in Scotland”.
Highlights of the 2016-2017 season include her reprisal of the role Die Amme in Die Frau Ohne Schatten, and her debut as Auntie in Britten’s Peter Grimes both productions being for the State Theater of Hessen. On the concert platform the artists makes her debut in Sweden with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra’s Wagner Gala as Ortrud in Lohengrin conducted by Stefan Solyom. Sing Sistah Sing! with Albert Horne on piano makes a much anticipated return to the State Theatre of Hessen and will be featured in the German American Institute’s concert series in the Hirsvogelsaal in Nünberg’s Tucherschloss Museum followed by United States tour with performances in Alabama and Massachusetts.
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 Hessen, State Theatre Nuremberg, State Theatre Dortmund, Ortrud in Lohengrin German National Theatre Weimar, State Theatre Hessen, 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), Stolzius’ Mother in Die Soldaten for the State Theatre Hessen, 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). Ms Baker’s collaborations with conductors include, Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Richard Hickox, Antonio Pappano, Philippe Auguin, Valery Gergiev, Marin Alsop, Ádám 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, The Barbican, London, and 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.