Ms. Baird has been hailed a "national artistic treasure" (The New York Times) and as a "well-nigh peerless performer in the repertory of the baroque." This estimable artist maintains a busy concert and recording schedule of solo recitals and performances of baroque opera and oratorio.
A soloist with the Waverly Consort, Pomerium Musices, Badinage, and Concert Royale, Ms. Baird made her New York Philharmonic debut in the premiere of the orchestral version of Steve Reich’s Tehillim. She has also appeared as soloist with many major symphony orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi, Brooklyn Philharmonic under Lukas Foss, New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan and English Baroque Soloists under John Eliot Gardiner. James R. Oestreich, in his comprehensive survey of New York's seasonal performances of George Frederic Handel's Messiah for The New York Times, recently concluded with special praise for Ms. Baird's interpretative skills: "in that respect, Ms. Baird remains the model".
With more than 125 recordings to her credit on Decca, Deutsche Gramophone, Dorian and Newport Classics, Baird is widely acknowledged as one of leaders in music of the 17th and 18th centuries. In addition to her major roles in a series of acclaimed recordings of Handel and Gluck operatic premieres, her projects include a Carnegie performance of the lead role in La Giuditta of Alessandro Scarlatti with subsequent recording. Baird holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and is a distinguished professor at Rutgers University.