WINNER OF THE 2017 BEVERLY SILLS ARTIST AWARD
The Metropolitan Opera has named Jamie the winner of the 12th annual 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 to extraordinarily gifted singers between the ages of 25 and 40 who have already appeared in featured roles at the Met. Sills, who passed away in 2007, was well known as a supporter and friend to developing young artists, and this award continues her legacy as an advocate for rising singers. Jamie joins this rich legacy, which includes previous honorees such as Joyce DiDonato, Matthew Polenzani, Isabel Leonard, Michael Fabiano, and Ailyn Pérez.
Jamie's debut solo album, All Who Wander, is out now on Delos Music
Jamie's dual role and house debut as Léonor in Teatro Real Madrid's La favorite was a smash hit!
ABC Cultura raved, "Barton achieved the high point of the night, in an interpretation with personality, quality, variety of expression, authority in the extremes of the registers, and daring assurance," while Platea Magazine wrote, "In the titular role, the mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton displayed a whole paragon of virtues: a big, extensive, and homogeneous voice, with a meaty round timbre, an interpretation with character, technical support, and perfect stylistic accuracy. Her Leonor had personality, magnetism, and moments of unparalleled vocal intensity, like her brilliant and vibrant cabaletta."
The 2017/18 season is off to the races! Following her debut at Teatro Real Madrid as La favorite, Jamie returns to some of America's most beloved opera houses, including Washington National Opera as Eboli in a new production of Don Carlo, San Francisco Opera as Fricka and 2nd Norn/Waltraute in Wagner's Ring Cycle, and Houston Grand Opera as Adalgisa in Norma. In addition to her London Symphony debut in Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony, she debuts with Oulu Symphony in Finland in Mahler's Rückert-Lieder, and returns to Atlanta Symphony for Verdi's Requiem. She also performs Adalgisa in a new Metropolitan Opera production of Norma by Sir David McVicar, and she returns to Carnegie Hall with pianist Kathleen Kelly, for the world premiere Of You, commissioned for Jamie by Carnegie Hall.
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 was the January 2017 Opera News cover story!
"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..."