She has been a long time retired. Does she miss it?
“I think I was born to do what I did and very fortunate to able to express my innermost self through music. It’s like dying in a way. Listening to certain pieces of music I feel a real sorrow that I’ll never get up and do that. There’s that sense of half one’s being being out of reach. I miss my colleagues very much. I miss putting an opera together from scratch. I don’t miss the travel and I don’t miss the nerves.” From The Telegraph
The legendary mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker on her extraordinary life and career,
on the day she celebrated her 80th birthday.
BBC radio 3 podcast
Joyce DiDonato interviews Dame Janet – 30 minute video
Video interview for Presto Classical
Birthday tribute in The Spectator
It was Dame Janet’s birthday on August 21 and I’m late to the party, as usual.