Charismatic American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, whose lustrous voice has established her as one of the most exciting performers of her generation, joins Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to lead the musical celebrations that bring the world’s greatest classical music festival to a spectacular close.
Jamie returns to The Metropolitan Opera as Fricka in Wagner’s Ring cycle
Jamie’s portrayal of Fricka was praised by The New York Times as “brilliantly purposeful and vocally commanding. Her flamboyant mezzo-soprano, with its inky depths and flickering hues, rendered the character as guardian of legal integrity. But in the surprisingly tender tone in which she passes the responsibility on to Brünnhilde, she hinted at a deeper sense of not only the futility, but also the undesirability of being proved right.” The Observer raved, “Barton not only looked regally chic in a flowing gown of peacock chiffon, she laid out her case in such delicious honeyed tones that monogamy sounded downright sexy.” New York Classical Review noted her “rich, powerful mezzo-soprano with a meaty quality in her chest voice and burning vitality throughout,” while Opera World wrote, “Barton’s voice is added to the Wagnerian orchestra with a special spell, like another instrument.”
Jamie Returns To Royal Opera House for Stellar Verdi Requiem
The Arts Desk raved, “Barton runs the gamut from hallowed pianissimos to powerful, true Verdian chest voice,” and Classical Source praised her mezzo as a “wonder of majestic fullness and character.” Bachtrack noted her “cavernous lower register” while The London Times wrote, “Barton’s mezzo-soprano has a velvety richness that descends to cavernous, chesty depths – basically it’s a voice that you want to eat with a spoon.”
2019/20 season is Coming into focus
Jamie returns to the Metropolitan Opera for two role debuts: as the title character in Gluck’s Orfeo and as Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, which will be simulcast in cinemas in more than 70 countries worldwide via Met Live in HD. She will rejoin pianist Kathleen Kelly to bring their feminist recital program to London’s Wigmore Hall, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, and San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre. Following her return to Carnegie Hall singing newly orchestrated Ives songs, Jamie will make her staged role debut as Lénor in La favorite with Houston Grand Opera and sing concert performances of Eboli in Don Carlo in her Dallas Opera debut. She will also perform Shéhérazade with the London Philharmonic, sing Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde with both the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Santa Fe Opera, and join the Reykjavik Arts Festival for an Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Iceland Opera joint production of Die Walküre. Stay tuned for more engagement announcements!
Debut Album All Who Wander
Winner of 2018 BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award
Nominated for International Classical Music Award
Shortlisted for Gramophone Classical Music Award
"The world has been waiting for this voice for a long time – one that reminds you of how capable the human voice is of creating something of absolute beauty. Jamie pours all of her heart into every phrase of this deeply personal debut album. You will be utterly transported." – Joyce DiDonato
New York Times Feature: ‘Jamie Barton, Opera’s Nose-Studded Rock Star’
Classical Music Editor Zachary Woolfe joined Jamie as she recorded her first solo album, rehearsed a new role at the Metropolitan Opera, and performed at the Greene Space. Woolfe calls Jamie "a leader of a new generation of opera stars" and Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb says, "Hopefully, there won't be a season she won't sing at the Met."
cover of Opera News Magazine: ‘Jamie Barton Channels Her Mezzo Superpowers’
Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, who sings Ježibaba in the Met’s new Rusalka, brings unaffected grace to all her music.
"Jamie Barton's voice is a vast, enveloping sound, the sort of thing soprano Carol Vaness calls 'a voice that blankets.' This is true whether she is offering a Dvorak song in recital or holding the stage as Waltraute..."