Janet Baker: In Her Own Words

The legendary mezzo tells all in a documentary by John Bridcut

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Dame Janet Baker

Joyce DiDonato

André Previn

Felicity Lott

Jane Glover

Raymond Leppard

Imogen Cooper

John Copley

Program notes

In her first documentary for more than 35 years, Dame Janet Baker talks more openly and emotionally than ever before about her career and her life today. With excerpts of her greatest stage roles (as Dido, Mary Stuart, Julius Caesar, and Orpheus), as well as of her appearances in the concert hall and recording studio (works by Beethoven, Handel, Berlioz, Schubert, Elgar, Britten and Mahler), she looks back at the excitements and pitfalls of public performance.

John Bridcut's "sensitive, moving … [and] unmissable" documentary (The Observer) illuminates the personal and professional pressures of Dame Janet life as a musician and artist, highlighting both the grit and the tenderness that enabled her to navigate them, and treating broader themes of aging, life, and loss. In filmed interviews, fellow artists like Joyce DiDonato, André Previn, Felicity Lott, Jane Glover, Raymond Leppard, Imogen Cooper and John Copley marvel at Baker's singing and pinpoint her moments of genius.

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