WINNER OF THE 2015 RICHARD TUCKER AWARD
The Richard Tucker Music Foundation has 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 joins 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.
Jamie's 2016/17 season includes debuts at the New York Philharmonic, Wigmore Hall, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as returns to Houston Grand Opera, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Opera. Role debuts include Jezibaba in a new production of Dvorak's Rusalka and Princess Eboli in the Italian version of Verdi's Don Carlo. Her appearances in both Rusalka and Nabucco will be screened in cinemas worldwide via Met Live in HD.
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Jamie's summer has 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 writes, "As her voice leaps across the extremes of range and emotions, Barton remains solid as a rock." The New York Times writes, "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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