NOMINATED FOR INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR GRAMOPHONE CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD
Jamie's Eboli in Washington National Opera's Don Carlo is a smash hit
The Washington Post raved, "Barton was the star of the evening, elevating the mezzo role of Princess Eboli from vengeful femme fatale to a wounded but sympathetic courtier... Her Veil Song was coy and sultry, and the showstopping “O don fatale” was a magnificent study." The Washington Classical Review praised her "brazen chest voice, elemental in power," while Schmopera noted, "Even in a cast as extraordinarily strong as this one, Barton rises above. Her ‘O don fatale’ elicited one of those magical operatic moments where time stops, and at the end of her final phrase you realize you forgot to breathe."
Jamie makes critically acclaimed role debut as Sara in Roberto Devereux
The San Francisco Chronicle praised her performance, “rich in pathos and cloaked in the thickly upholstered vocal colors that make her singing so irresistible,” while Classical Voice North America noted that she “impressed greatly with beauty of tone and effortless projection in the huge, 3,200-seat War Memorial.” Opera News wrote, “she deployed her velvety, richly colored mezzo with beauty and urgency to limn the character’s desire and anguish.”
The 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.
2017 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.
feature in The New York Times: ‘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’
"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..."