NOMINATED FOR INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR GRAMOPHONE CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD
Jamie returns to Lyric Opera of chicago as ‘showstopping’ azucena in Il Trovatore
Jamie’s fiery gypsy was acclaimed by Chicago Classical Review as “the finest and most convincing blend of great Verdi singing and compelling acting. Barton’s high notes soared like a bel canto soprano and her growling chest voice had a disturbing, almost feral quality. She charted the imprisoned Azucena’s psychological disintegration with an almost clinical degree of vocal and dramatic acuity.” Parterre Box dubbed her “the Azucena of her generation” while Chicago on the Aisle praised her as a “tour de force.” Schmopera noted, “From stridency, to trauma, to guilt, to fury, Barton's performance was a masterclass in affective singing-acting. You could have closed your eyes and known exactly what this character was going through.”
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.”
2018/19 season is Off to the races!
Jamie opens and closes her season at San Francisco Opera, making her role debut as Sara in Roberto Devereux in the fall and returning as Jezibaba in Rusalka in the spring. She also returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper and Lyric Opera of Chicago as Azucena in Il trovatore, and the Metropolitan Opera, where she sings Fricka in Das Rheingold and Die Walküre. She returns to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden for a Verdi Requiem, continues her critically acclaimed recital tour with pianist Kathleen Kelly at the Kennedy Center's Renée Fleming VOICES series, and makes her long-awaited role debut as Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking with her hometown opera company, The Atlanta Opera.
BEVERLY SILLS ARTIST AWARD winner
The Metropolitan Opera named Jamie the winner of the 12th Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers. The largest of its kind in the United States, the $50,000 award is given in honor of Beverly Sills, who was well known as a supporter and friend to developing young artists. Jamie joins this rich legacy, which includes previous honorees such as Joyce DiDonato, Matthew Polenzani, Isabel Leonard, Michael Fabiano, and Ailyn Pérez.
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..."