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Wendy Baker, Soprano

Biography

Updated November 24, 2009

                        

 

Wendy Baker, soprano, has performed predominantly in the operatic and oratorio repertories, recently having had success singing works as wide-ranging as Bach, Mozart and Poulenc.  She has a Master in Music Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and she obtained a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance (cum laude) from Clayton State College. 

Ms. Baker has been sought out for the soprano solos in the Poulenc Gloria, Vivaldi Gloria, Faure Requiem, Rutter Requiem, Haydn’s Stabat Mater, and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.  In 2006, she sang the World Premiere of Laura Karpman’s Heebie Jeebies, commissioned by the Julliard Choral Union, at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. 

Ms. Baker has sung the roles of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Giuletta in Capuletti e I Montecchi, Gilda in Rigoletto, Madame Heartthrob in The Impresario, and Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro.  She has performed with the Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Savoyards, Regina Opera, and Caramoor and Anchorage Opera Studio Theatre, Young Artists Programs.  

The recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Baker was a semi-finalist in the International Concert Alliance Mozart Competition (2007).  She was also a multiple Jensen Foundation National Finalist (2007, 2006, 2003) and Oratorio Society Semi-Finalist (2008, 2007, 2006, 2005).  In 2005, Ms. Baker was named a Gerda Lissner National Finalist and Grant Winner.  Before that, she was a prize-winner in the Met District and Regional competitions (2002, 2000), as well as an Orpheus National Vocal Competition Prize Winner in 2002, and a Mobile Opera Guild Competition Prize Winner in the same year.