Adalgisa in  Norma   San Francisco Opera Photo by Cory Weaver

Adalgisa in Norma
San Francisco Opera
Photo by Cory Weaver

2018-19 Season Highlights

  • Returns to San Francisco Opera as Sara in Roberto Devereux (role debut) and Jezibaba in Rusalka
  • Azucena in Il trovatore at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Bayerische Staatsoper
  • Renee Fleming VOICES recital with pianist Kathleen Kelly at the Kennedy Center
  • Fricka in the Metropolitan Opera Ring cycle
  • Met Die Walküre simulcast live to cinemas in 70+ countries
  • Verdi Requiem at Royal Opera House Covent Garden
  • Role debut as Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking

Biographical Info

  • Born in Rome, Georgia, on October 17, 1981
  • Graduated from Armuchee High School in Armuchee, Georgia
  • Vocal studies at Shorter College and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • Alumna of Houston Grand Opera Studio
  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Gerdine Young Artist
  • Alumna of Aspen Music Festival and School
  • Tanglewood Vocal Fellow
  • Lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her cat River


Career Highlights

In recital with Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Colin Jacobsen   Tanglewood Music Festival Photo by Hilary Scott

In recital with Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Colin Jacobsen
Tanglewood Music Festival
Photo by Hilary Scott

  • Singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the 2017 Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
  • Appearing on the cover of Opera News magazine in January 2017
  • Performing on the 80th Birthday Galas for Sherrill Milnes and Marilyn Horne
  • Completing first Ring Cycle – singing Fricka, Waltraute, and 2nd Norn – at Houston Grand Opera
  • Featured in The New York Times as “Opera’s Nose-Studded Rock Star”
  • Singing "God Bless America" with the New York City Pops and West Point Glee Club at Carnegie Hall, followed by dinner with Marilyn Horne, Tyne Daly, and Angela Lansbury!
  • Featured in the documentary The Audition, about the 2007 Met Auditions
  • Hearing the audience applause after her Wigmore Hall debut with James Baillieu – a moment she’ll never forget!
  • Debuting a new work at Tanglewood with Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Colin Jacobsen – exactly 10 years after having been a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow


Cardiff Singer of the World  Photo by Brian Tarr

Cardiff Singer of the World
Photo by Brian Tarr


  • 2018 BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award
  • 2017 Beverly Sills Artist Award
  • 2015 Richard Tucker Award
  • 2014 Marian Anderson Vocal Award
  • 2014 International Opera Award (Young Singer)
  • 2013 Cardiff Singer of the World (Main & Song Prizes)
  • 2011 Grammy Nominee
  • 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Winner



Photo by Fay Fox

Photo by Fay Fox

Critical Acclaim

  • "This year's Cardiff Singer of the World gave us one of its most exceptional and startling finals. The winner was 31-year-old American mezzo Jamie Barton, who is a great artist, no question, with an imperturbable steadiness of tone, and a nobility of utterance that invites comparison not so much with her contemporaries as with mid-20th century greats such as Kirsten Flagstad or Karin Branzell." The Guardian
  • “Alongside Radvanovsky and keeping pace with her at every turn was the young American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, making a magnificent company debut. Barton's gifts were evident at once - in particular a gleaming vocal tone that is evenly produced throughout a large range, and the ability to shape a vocal line with both precision and emotional urgency. And her depiction of the naive but morally upright Adalgisa was full of psychological nuance.” San Francisco Chronicle
  • "Although Barton is rapidly establishing herself as one of the most important young voices in opera, it is in the intimate space of the recital hall where she shines brightest. Barton’s innate charm and communicative urgency radiated through her amber-hued voice and warm, Mona Lisa-smile directly to the audience." The New York Times
  • "As Norma's acolyte, Adalgisa, Jamie Barton provided an indelible demonstration of why the young mezzo-soprano has become the latest darling of the American opera scene. Her sound is the darkly creamy lager that poured forth from altos of yore. Yet she displays the craft of a superior modern singer..." Los Angeles Times
  • "She is a fresh wonder of the opera world, possessing a voice of preternatural beauty and power. She has a remarkable ability to keep the vocal line afloat amid pauses for breath; she'd swell on a note, take a breath, and then resume at even greater volume, tricking the ear into thinking that the phrase had never been broken. To see these young artists reveling together in their voices makes you believe unswervingly in the future of the art." The Rest is Noise



  • A bluegrass fan since birth, one of Jamie's bucket list goals is to make music with Chris Thile
  • Is a huge fan of science fiction, particularly Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Firefly
  • Held many odd jobs as a teenager, including teaching woodcarving, leatherwork, and metalwork to Boy Scouts
  • Grew up learning to love music by listening to bands like Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and the Grateful Dead
  • Attributes her sense of comedic timing to being raised on Monty Python and Mel Brooks movies
  • Started in musical theater, would still love to perform Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Charlotte in A Little Night Music, The Witch in Into the Woods, and Hildy in On The Town
  • Dream artistic collaborators include Audra McDonald, Trent Reznor, Björk, Daniel Barenboim, Mason Bates, Eric Whitacre, Jason Robert Brown, and Adam Guettel
  • Often brings her cat, River, on the road