WINNER OF THE 2015 RICHARD TUCKER AWARD
The Richard Tucker Music Foundation named Jamie the winner of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award. Often called the “Heisman Trophy of Opera," this prestigious honor is conferred annually on an American singer on the threshold of a major international career. Described as a “once-in-a-generation voice” by Foundation President Barry Tucker, Jamie has joined an incredible legacy of Richard Tucker Award Winners, including such luminaries as Renée Fleming, Lawrence Brownlee, Stephanie Blythe, David Daniels, Angela Meade and Joyce DiDonato. On November 1, 2015, Jamie joined a starry lineup of today’s leading opera singers for a gala performance at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, televised on PBS around the United States.
Jamie's first solo album, All Who Wander, will be released by Delos Music on 11/11/16. The disc features songs by Mahler, Dvorak, and Sibelius, accompanied by acclaimed pianist Brian Zeger. All Who Wander is inspired by something that lives within all of us, the little voice in us that wants us to step out and experience the world.
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Jamie's summer included a "first-rate Fenena" (The Guardian) in her Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut, and her Glimmerglass Festival debut as Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible. The Albany Times Union wrote, "As her voice leaps across the extremes of range and emotions, Barton remains solid as a rock." The New York Times wrote, "The mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, whose voice is majestically plush yet somehow always articulate, even conversational, made much of Elizabeth’s hurt and dignity."
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The New York Times 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."
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