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. On November 1, Jamie joined a starry lineup of today’s leading opera singers for a gala performance at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, to be televised on PBS.
Jamie's recent return to the Metropolitan Opera as Jane Seymour in Anna Bolena, alongside American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky as Anne Boleyn and Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov as King Henry VIII, has earned raves! The New York Times writes, "The superb mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton's sumptuous voice has utterly unforced carrying power... At 33, she seems poised for greatness."
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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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Jamie is delighted to be featured on Holiday Harmonies: Songs of Christmas, which includes vibrant new arrangements of seasonal favorites as well as new works written for the disc by some of America's finest composers, including Nico Muhly and Jennifer Higdon.