Jamie Barton made international audiences sit up when she won the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, claiming both the Main Prize and the Song Prize. Her operatic engagements have taken her around the globe, from The Met and San Francisco to Covent Garden and Deutsche Oper Berlin. Verdi is firmly in her repertoire, with Fenena and Eboli among her engagements in recent years. Last month, she sang Azucena at Bayerisches Staatsoper, a role she now sings at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ahead of opening night, she curated a special playlist for us of her favourite Verdi mezzos of all time. There are some big voices here, so crank up your speakers and strap in for a thrilling ride!