The winner of the 2017 Beverly Sills Artist Award and 2015 Richard Tucker Award, the winner of both Main and Song Prizes at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, a winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a Grammy nominee, American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton has been described by The Guardian as “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.”
In the 2017/18 season, Ms. Barton appears in recital with Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, debuts at the Teatro Real Madrid as Leonor in La favorite, and returns to many of America’s most-loved opera houses. She sings Adalgisa in Norma at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and Houston Grand Opera, Eboli in Don Carlo at Washington National Opera, and Fricka, Waltraute, and 2nd Norn in her first complete Ring cycle at San Francisco Opera. Orchestral debuts include Handel’s Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra, and Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra in Finland. Following a Verdi Requiem with her hometown orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Jamie embarks on a recital tour with pianist Kathleen Kelly, including the world premiere of Iain Bell’s Of You, commissioned by Carnegie Hall.
Last season, Ms. Barton released her debut solo album, All Who Wander, featuring songs by Mahler, Dvorak, and Sibelius. She returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Fenena in Nabucco and Jezibaba in a new production of Rusalka, both simulcast in cinemas worldwide, and to Houston Grand Opera as Waltraute/2nd Norn in Götterdämmerung. She also made her Deutsche Oper Berlin debut as Princess Eboli in Don Carlo, and debuted with the New York Philharmonic as Fricka in Das Rheingold. Other recent concert engagements include a debut at Wigmore Hall and returns to the symphony orchestras of Toronto and Iceland, as well as the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s The Work at Hand at Carnegie Hall and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
The winner of the 2014 International Opera Award in the Young Singer category and the 2014 Marian Anderson Award, Ms. Barton’s recent operatic performances include Adalgisa (Norma) at the Met, Los Angeles Opera, and San Francisco Opera, Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena) at the Met and Lyric Opera of Chicago, Fricka (Das Rheingold, Die Walküre) at Houston Grand Opera, Waltraute/2nd Norn at Washington National Opera, Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) at Oper Frankfurt, and Fenena at Seattle Opera and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Future seasons include returns to San Francisco Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera.
Praised by Gramophone as having “the sort of instrument you could listen to all day, in any sort of repertoire,” Ms. Barton has appeared in recital across the U.S. and U.K., including performances with Ann Arbor’s University Musical Society, Baylor Distinguished Artist Series, Carnegie Hall, East Alabama Arts, Princeton University Concerts, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Welsh College, San Francisco Performances, Seattle Opera's Wagner and More, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Tucson Desert Song Festival, and Vocal Arts DC. In the 2017/18 season, she appears at Carnegie Hall, Celebrity Series of Boston, Matinée Musicale Cincinnati, and in venues in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina.