Admirers of Janet Baker would do well to read this article/interview (The Guardian, 13th July) which includes four video clips.
Some notable quotes:
“To me it was torture … that 10 yards from the wings to the centre of the stage is a terrifying journey.”
“I was wary of those people for whom the performer came before the music …”
“If you overstepped the mark with Ben [Britten] you were finished with him …”
“He [Britten] did like to come first. He thought if he wanted you at Aldeburgh then you should down tools anywhere else …”
“Fischer Dieskau was a great colleague … but I never forgot I was singing with DFD — he was a very great man …”