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.
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 Opera Wire called her an "incredible artist [who] let her voice blast through the hall with unsurpassed vibrancy and control. Every moment was gloriously sculpted..." 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."
The 2018/19 season is coming into focus
Jamie will open and close 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 will also return to the Bayerische Staatsoper and Lyric Opera of Chicago as Azucena in Il trovatore, and the Metropolitan Opera, where she will sing Fricka in Das Rheingold and Die Walküre. She will return to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden for a Verdi Requiem, continue her critically acclaimed recital tour with pianist Kathleen Kelly at the Kennedy Center's Renée Fleming VOICES series, and make her long-awaited role debut as Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking with her hometown opera company, The Atlanta Opera.
As companies announce, we'll keep you updated here on Jamie's full 18/19 season!
feature in 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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cover of Opera News Magazine
"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..."