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Sharon Baker
New England Third Place Winner 1981

Sharon Baker is an Adjunct Professor of Voice at the University of New Hampshire, where she both teaches and performs, recently presenting music of Schubert at the Dover (NH) Public Library. This summer the soprano rejoins the Aston Magna Music Festival at Brandeis and at Bard College in a program exploring the music library of Thomas Jefferson.


A longtime favorite of the Boston music scene best known for her interpretation of the Baroque, early classical and contemporary repertoires, Sharon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Scripps College and her Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory. Named Boston's "Musician of the Year, 1998," by the Boston Globe, she has been a favorite soloist with many of Boston's outstanding period orchestras including the Handel & Haydn Society, the Boston Cecilia Society, and Boston Baroque. Sharon’s opera roles include Handel's Cleopatra, Teseo, and Dorinda, Mozart's Zerlina, Pamina, Pappagena and Frau Zilberklang, and Drusilla in Monteverdi's  L'incoronazione di Poppea, as well as leading roles in the premieres of two American operas: Madeline Usher in Philip Glass' the Fall of the House of Usher and Lulu in Robert Aldridge's Elmer Gantry.


Sharon’s many other career highlights include annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah” in Boston, New York, Chicago, and in Poland; the U.S. premiere and recording of Mozart's recently discovered Der Stein der Weisen with Boston Baroque; Pergolesi's Stabat Mater in collaboration with Peter Martins and the New York City Ballet; Handel's “Triumph of Time and Truth” on tour in Germany and Italy with Aston Magna, Monteverdi's “Vespers” with Boston Baroque at the newly opened Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles and at Tanglewood's Ozawa Hall in 2004, and with the National Arts Center Orchestra of Ottawa; Bach's “St. John Passion” with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Mozart's “Requiem”with the National Symphony Orchestra; and Bach's “Mass in B Minor” as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. She is featured on many recordings with Boston Baroque, Aston Magna among others.


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