WINNER OF THE 2015 RICHARD TUCKER AWARD
The Richard Tucker Music Foundation has announced Jamie as 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 will join a starry lineup of today’s leading opera singers for a gala performance at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, to be televised on PBS.
Lots of exciting casting announcements for 2015-2016! The first half of the season features three major debuts for Jamie – Seattle Opera as Fenena in Nabucco, LA Opera as Adalgisa in Norma, and the BBC Proms singing the Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment.
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Jamie recently made her San Francisco Opera debut in Norma. Opera Magazine wrote, "Barton’s debut was in all respects a heroic and heartening affair. She introduced a voice of ruby hue, with an instinctive feel for the limpid Bellini phrase and an ample chest tone employed with discretion and taste."
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Jamie is proud to join artists including Joyce DiDonato, Matthew Polenzani, Isabel Leonard, and Yo-Yo Ma in supporting amfAR: The AIDS Research Foundation. Purchase the AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope today – 100% of proceeds go to HIV/AIDS research.