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, has been nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award!
NOMINATED FOR INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR GRAMOPHONE CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD
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 2018/19 season is beginning to come 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 both the 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 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!
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..."