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.”
Ms. Barton’s 2018/19 season includes appearances as Azucena in Il trovatore at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Bayerische Staatsoper, a Renée Fleming Voices recital at the Kennedy Center, the Verdi Requiem at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and a role debut as Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking at her hometown opera company, Atlanta Opera. She opens her season with a role debut as Sara in Roberto Devereux at San Francisco Opera, opposite frequent collaborator Sondra Radvanovsky, and returns to SFO as Jezibaba in Rusalka in 2019. Ms. Barton brings her acclaimed Fricka to the Metropolitan Opera’s Ring cycle, with a Met Live in HD performance of Die Walküre simulcast to cinemas in over seventy countries.
Ms. Barton’s operatic engagements have included appearances with many of the world’s most-loved opera houses. In addition to her role debut as Leonor in La favorite at Teatro Real Madrid, she has recently performed as Adalgisa (Norma) with the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and San Francisco Opera; Fricka, Waltraute, and 2nd Norn (Wagner’s Ring cycle) at San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Washington National Opera; Princess Eboli (Don Carlo) at Washington National Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin; Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena) at the Met and Lyric Opera of Chicago; Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) at Oper Frankfurt; Jezibaba (Rusalka) at the Met; and Fenena at Seattle Opera and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Future seasons include a debut at Dallas Opera and returns to Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro Real Madrid, and the Metropolitan Opera.
The winner of a 2014 International Opera Award and 2014 Marian Anderson Award, Ms. Barton has appeared in concert with the New York Philharmonic (Das Rheingold), Philadelphia Orchestra (Handel Messiah), London Symphony Orchestra (Bernstein Jeremiah Symphony), Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Verdi Requiem, Mahler 3rd Symphony), Oulu Symphony Orchestra (Mahler Rückert-Lieder), Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Elgar Sea Pictures, Verdi Requiem), Baltimore Symphony (Mahler 3rd Symphony), Iceland Symphony Orchestra (Brahms Alto Rhapsody, Mahler 3rd Symphony), and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s The Work at Hand. In future seasons, Ms. Barton will return to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and make her debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.
Praised by Gramophone as having “the sort of instrument you could listen to all day, in any sort of repertoire,” Ms. Barton has appeared with Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax at Tanglewood, and in recital across the U.S. and U.K., including tours with pianists Kathleen Kelly, Bradley Moore, and James Baillieu, with appearances at Ann Arbor’s University Musical Society, Baylor Distinguished Artist Series, Carnegie Hall, Celebrity Series of Boston, Princeton University Concerts, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Welsh College, San Francisco Performances, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Vocal Arts DC, and Wigmore Hall. In the coming seasons, she will return to Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and Spivey Hall, and make her debut at the Park Avenue Armory.
Winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award, Ms. Barton's debut solo album, All Who Wander, featuring songs by Mahler, Dvorak, and Sibelius, was also shortlisted by the International Classical Music Awards and Gramophone Classical Music Awards.
Ms. Barton is proud to serve as a mentor with Turn The Spotlight, a foundation working to identify, nurture, and empower leaders – and in turn, to illuminate the path to a more equitable future in the arts. Turn The Spotlight offers mentorship by and for exceptional women, people of color, and other equity-seeking groups in the arts.