Andrea Baker Master Class
Join Andrea Baker, mezzo-soprano, for a master class followed by a short talk regarding her MOFA production "Sing Sistah Sing! Tales of Transatlantic Freedom," which explores the shared stories of the African Diaspora that reflect the link between the music and history of Scottish culture and politics with the heritage of the New World. This musical journey had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland, in August 2022 and now comes to Boston in February 2023 for its North American debut.
Hailed as a "stupendous and heartrending" talent (Bild Zeitung), Scottish- American mezzo soprano Andrea Baker is internationally renowned for her "enchantingly powerful" performances (Das Orchester). An operatic trailblazer, she was the first African American to take the role of Carmen in Australia, at Sydney Opera House, and the first to perform the roles of Fricka, Erda, and Waltraute in Wagner's Ring in China.
In addition to her celebrated work on the opera stage, Ms. Baker has taken on an extraordinary breadth of voices across various media. Her one-woman series Sing Sistah Sing! is a joyous, soulful celebration of the voice of the African diaspora. The first in this series was the award-winning celebration of the African American female voice, encompassing jazz, gospel, blues, lieder, and storytelling. Self-written and self-produced, this ground-breaking show has toured to sold out audiences around the world. The second in the series is Sing Sistah Sing! Tales of Transatlantic Freedom explores the shared stories of the African Diaspora that reflect the link between the music and history of Scottish culture and politics with the heritage of the New World it premiered in 2022 to rave reviews in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
As a radio presenter and documentary maker she can be heard across the BBC, including on Radio Scotland, Radio 4, and Radio 3's Sounds Connected, and has produced her own series of podcasts for The Big Light, Scotland’s only curated podcast hub. Andrea is "honoured and excited" to take on the role of ambassador for 'Scotland’s Street Orchestra,' The Nevis Ensemble.
Photo credits: John Need