Upcoming

December 6, 9, 12, 15, 21, and January 7, 10, and 16 (2014-2015) - see site for show times

Giovanna Seymour

Anna Bolena (Donizetti)

Lyric Opera of Chicago

January 29, 30, and 31, 2015 (all performances at 8:00pm)

Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano

Mahler's 3rd Symphony

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 8:00 pm - Mechanics Hall

Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano & Bradley Moore, piano

Recital with Music Worcester

Music Worcester

September cancellations/rebookings!

09/11/2014

Hello friends, and thanks for stopping by!

As many of you know, I was asked to step in for a colleague in San Francisco Opera's opening show of the season, Norma. This was a very last minute replacement, and considering that two of the performance dates of Norma conflicted with my concert engagements in the UK, we worked very hard to figure out what was to ultimately happen. As luck would have it for us all, both presenters in Edinburgh and in London were very supportive and understanding of the predicament, and each have graciously agreed to reschedule my appearances so that I may stay on with my colleagues through all of the performances of Norma. I do sincerely apologize for those of you who have made plans to be at either of my concert performances in September... I know that this affects your schedules too! However, I look forward to being back in the UK with these presenters, and I especially look forward to getting to sing again for the UK audiences I hold so dear.

All my love,
Jamie

05/06/2014

Hello!

This year and the next hold so many "firsts" for me, I thought it might be fun to count through them all:

- I just finished up with my first Fricka in Das Rheingold at Houston Grand Opera! (Click here for an interview that I participated in about that.)
- I am just now in Turkey and will be doing my first Das Lied von der Erde with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
- Further location debuts include Iceland (Mahler's 3rd Symphony with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra), the Oregon Bach Festival, Japan (Saito Kinen Festival), Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (and I'm *REALLY* excited to debut with my hometown band!)
- Piece debuts include Meg Page in Falstaff (Saito Kinen Festival in Japan), my first Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, my first Fricka in Die Walküre with the Houston Grand Opera, and a world premiere of a piece written by Jake Heggie called "The Work at Hand".

Needless to say, I'm going to be a very busy girl!! I'm simply thrilled to have all of this glorious music on my plate, and I do hope you'll take a moment to pop over to my Schedule page to see if I will be in a town near you! Dates are added to my calendar as they are announced (read: as I get wind of the announcements), so don't be surprised if more dates pop up in the middle of it all!

As always, thanks for dropping in!

Jamie B. :)

01/29/2014

Hello friends!

Between the inauguration of the Voce at Pace recital series, the success of Norma at the Metropolitan Opera, a fabulous Spivey Hall debut recital, and my very first Katisha in Opera Memphis's The Mikado, it has been a stellar first half to the 2013/14 season! There is a lot of wonderful music making left in this season that I am looking forward to as well...

- My debut with the Cleveland Orchestra singing Benjamin Britten's "Spring Symphony" (and during the 100th year celebration of his birth, no less!)...
- My first return to Houston Grand Opera since being there as a Houston Grand Opera Studio member, and role debut of Fricka in Das Rheingold...
- And, just recently announced, my very first "Das Lied von der Erde" with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Turkey! (Have I mentioned that I've never been to Turkey? I'm very excited!)

I can tell you for certain that there are several performance announcements that are still in the wings for this season, waiting to be revealed! So, follow me on Twitter (@jbartonmezzo) or on Facebook to catch all of the big announcements as soon as I can reveal them, and check back here for full details.

Ciao! :)
Jamie B.

08/11/2013

Hello there!

The 2013-14 season is about to kick off, and there are a lot of new concert and opera dates being added to my calendar! Do check back, as there are several that I cannot announce at this particular moment, but here are some of the new and exciting dates that I've added to my performance schedule as of today:

- Spivey Hall debut recital (November 17, 2013)
- Role debut of Katisha in The Mikado with Opera Memphis (January 2014)
- A Carnegie Hall appearance with the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration (January 16, 2014)

I'm very excited for this year... there is a lot coming up, and all of it is music I am very excited about! Do take time to drop back in to www.jamiebartonmezzo.com in the next few weeks, as more dates will be added to my Schedule page. Who knows... I may be coming to a town, country, or continent near you! :)

As always, thank you for dropping in!
Jamie B.

06/25/2013

Hello there, and thanks for dropping by!

I am just now home from the whirl-wind trip for Cardiff Singer of the World, and what a trip it's been! I could have never imagined that results like this would have been possible, and to a definite degree, I'm still processing it. Two winning trophies! (And, as someone pointed out to me, the first woman in the history of this competition to take both...please just excuse me if you see me spontaneously jumping up and down or bursting into tears on the street somewhere. I promise... it'd be happy tears!)

So, many thanks to all of you who were there at the competition or there in spirit! I felt an enormous amount of support and love, and that cannot be underestimated. If you're interested in keeping up with "breaking news" on what's going on, do follow me on Twitter (@jbartonmezzo) or on my Facebook Fan Page. I do an update here approximately once a month, while breaking updates come through my Facebook Fan Page, and little daily musings and updates come through Twitter. I'd be thrilled to see you on either!

All the best, and as always, thanks for dropping in!
Jamie :)

06/11/2013

*UPDATE* - This week is going by very quickly, and I am doing my best to keep people in the loop with advancements in the competition, as well as videos and such that are available. If you are interested in keeping up-to-date with that information, please do find me on Twitter (@jbartonmezzo) or on Facebook on the Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano Fan Page, as these are the two locations I am posting the most current information when I am able. Thanks! :)

Hey guys!

Just in case you are interested, here is the information I have received from the BBC regarding the broadcasting of the Cardiff Singer of the World competition:

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the Song Prize during the week of the event. The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition from St. David's Hall will be transmitted on BBC 4 (television) the evening following each concert, and the final will be on BBC 4, Radio 3, Radio Cymru, and Radio Wales. Highlights of each concert may be also seen on BBC Two Wales later on in the same evening as the concert itself. There will be daily reports on Radio Cymru and Radio Wales. These transmissions will also be available via the BBC i-Player, but only in the UK.

This is quite good news for people on this side of the Pond, but doesn't really help those of you who will be cheering from the American side. :( However, there is a bit of good news for those who want to tune in... according to the information above, BBC Radio 3 should be covering a good bit (if not all?) of the competition, and it is possible to stream it online and on your smart phone... visit the BBC Radio 3 website for information. I know it is not quite as exciting as getting to see a video broadcast, but it will be streaming live, and you'll get to hear everything as it happens! (For full information on concert dates, times, and contestants, visit this link to the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World schedule page.)

All my love from the Land of Song!
Jamie B.

06/10/2013

Hello there, friends!

I have just arrived here in Cardiff, Wales for the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and my, what a day! I got into the hotel, met with the lovely BBC staff heading this competition, and found out that there was a concert being sung by the one and only Bryn Terfel at St. David's Hall (which is actually where a lot of the competition is taking place!) I was very fortunate and got wonderful seats at the last minute for this concert of stunning artistry... plus, it gave me a chance to see how singers sound with a full audience and orchestra in the house. What a great way to start off my stay in the Land of Song!

If you don't already follow me on Facebook or Twitter (@jbartonmezzo), click on over to keep up with up-to-the-minute updates during the Cardiff Singer of the World competition! I plan on trying to update at least once a day on one of my social media pages, and would love to have you along for the ride. :)

All my best, and thanks for dropping by for a visit!
Jamie B.

05/04/2013

Hello!

Welcome to jamiebartonmezzo.com, and thanks for dropping in!

Right now, I'm back home and in full swing preparation mode for this summer's Cardiff Singer of the World competition! As part of my preparation for this competition, I am joining forces with local organist (and one of my favorite musical collaborators) Jonathan Easter to present a recital that features all of my music for the Cardiff Singer of the World competition. There are two chances to see this recital... one will be at First Baptist Church of Rome in Rome, GA on Thursday, May 30th at 7:30pm, and the other will be at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA on Monday, June 3rd at 7:30pm. Both recitals will function as a benefit for Project Open Hand in Atlanta, with the recital in Rome being additionally in benefit for Friends of Alfred and Martha Shorter. Both of these organizations are very close to my heart, and I am so grateful to both All Saints' Episcopal and First Baptist Church of Rome for allowing me the opportunity to make music in benefit of these non-profits.

So, if you know of anyone who might be interested in getting a sneak preview of my repertory for Cardiff Singer of the World, pass the word along! (There may also be some sneak-previewing of some of the dresses I will be wearing in Cardiff...!) :)

As always, thank you for dropping by jamiebartonmezzo.com! Y'all come back now, ya hear?

Jamie B.

*UPDATE*... here is a link to the ticket portal to purchase tickets the recital in Atlanta at All Saints' Episcopal!

02/20/2013

Hello friends!

I know it's been a bit quiet around here lately, but that's mainly because I was silently chomping at the bit to share some excellent news: I have been selected at the United States of America representative for the 2013 Cardiff Singer of the World competition! The competition will take place in June of this summer in Cardiff, Wales, and it's looking like a fabulous lineup of singers for this year. I'm very much looking forward to getting to know my fellow competitors, as well as getting to know Cardiff. (Fun fact: One of my absolute favorite televisions shows, Doctor Who, is filmed in Cardiff! Perhaps someone could sneak me onto the set of the Tardis?) :)

More information on Cardiff Singer of the World can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r2q2h/profiles/2013-competitors

If you're on social media and you haven't found me yet, friend me on Facebook (Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano) or on Twitter (@jbartonmezzo) for more up-to-date information (and fun stuff like pictures and "live tweeting" every once in a while!)

Thanks for stopping by!
Jamie B.

12/14/2012

Hi there!

I'm still reeling from last night's broadcast of the 2012 Richard Tucker Gala on PBS' Live from Lincoln Center... what a wonderful evening that was, and I'm so glad that, through PBS, the concert has a chance to reach many people.

If you missed this fabulous program, or if it was not being broadcast in your area, jump on over to Live from Lincoln Center's website and watch the whole thing there.

Also, as of this week I am now part of the "Twitterverse"! If you tweet, come on over and find me -- @jbartonmezzo is my handle, and I'd be happy to see you. :)

As always, thanks for dropping by!
Jamie B.

11/29/2012

Hello out there!

Just a few updates, and I'll let you get back to your Christmas shopping! :)

First and foremost, after long last, I finally have a Facebook Fan Page! I invite you to join me over on my Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano Fan Page... I try to keep updates coming, and there are definitely some fun pictures to look through. Come on over!

I'm also really, really excited about getting to sing with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall on their gala performance of Beatrice di Tenda! Here's a fun fact: one of my favorite singers and MAJOR inspirations, mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, made her Carnegie Hall debut singing this with Joan Sutherland. For reasons that aren't hard to imagine, I'm really humbled to have the opportunity to sing this piece on that particular stage. There are still tickets left, so follow the link above for more information and ticket sales!

Next up: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Lyric Opera of Chicago...

Happy holidays,
Jamie B.

09/13/2012

Hello all!

Welcome, and thank you for stopping by! We're just beginning the 2012/2013 opera season, and I have some really fun stuff coming up this year!

I start off with a bang singing my London, England debut at the Barbican with Elgar's Sea Pictures this month! If you're on that side of "the pond" and you haven't gotten your tickets, be sure to visit the link on the Schedule tab today!

Other engagements include Die Meistersinger with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Mozart's Requiem at Carnegie Hall, and (something I'm very excited about!) Lee Hoiby's Bon Appetit! with Opera Memphis. Let's just say that it's a one woman show, and I get to play Julia Child. It should be fantastic!

Be sure to check out my Schedule page for a comprehensive list of everything I have coming up this year, and keep checking back for updates... you never know when I might be in your area!

As always, thanks for dropping by!
Jamie

04/13/2012

Hello everyone!

I am absolutely thrilled to share with you that I have just been awarded one of the prestigious Richard Tucker Career Grants for 2012! I am honored and humbled that the Richard Tucker Foundation chose me as a recipient, and thrilled to be counted among the "greats" that have received this award in the past.

I invite you to take a look at the website for the Richard Tucker Foundation. There you can find all sorts of information on the Foundation, as well as the list of current and past recipients of their numerous awards.

Next stop: Houston! Don't forget to get your tickets for Cantare's next concert, French Toast! A Tip of the Hat to Chanson. It will be a gorgeous concert, and we'd all love to see you there!

'Til next time...
Jamie B.

03/05/2012

Hello everyone!

Thanks for dropping in! Some new appearances have been posted, among them my very first Messiah with the WONDERFUL Atlanta Sacred Chorale coming up soon, and a concert with Cantare Houston. Be sure to check out the links for more information.

Also, very exciting times... I've got a good bit of Wagnerian music coming up in my life! I start off in Munich with 2nd Norn (Götterdämmerung), and move on over to Chicago with Magdelene (Der Meistersinger). Be sure to put these on your calendar... this should be a very exciting few months!

As always, thanks for dropping in!

Jamie

09/29/2011

Hi everyone!

Some exciting news this time... Houston Grand Opera and Deutsche Grammophon have released a recording of the world premiere of Andre Previn's Brief Encounter! Available for purchase at Amazon.com and on iTunes, this live recording features some phenomenal singers (Elisabeth Futral, Nathan Gunn, and Meredith Arwady, just to mention a few.) You'll even get to hear little ol' me if you purchase a copy, so run to your online stores and get them while they're hot! :)

In other news, The Tales of Hoffmann opens this Saturday (Oct. 1st) at the Lyric Opera of Chicago! Yours truly will be singing the Voice of Antonia's Mother in this spectacular production. Get your tickets now!

As always, thank you for dropping by!

Jamie

09/01/2011

Hello everyone!

Thank you for stopping by! I've just finished up a wonderful summer at Santa Fe Opera, debuting with the company and in 2 different roles. Pictures and press quotes to come as soon as possible!

I'm just gearing up for a busy start to this new season. First up, a recording with Ars Lyrica of Houston! We'll be recording La Dirindina, the concert piece by Scarlatti I did with them last fall. This is a wonderful group that makes really, really wonderful recordings (can we say Grammy nominated?), so keep your eyes and ears out for the release of this recording. Of course, I'll let you guys know here when it comes out.

Next up is an autumn with the Lyric Opera of Chicago! Check out my Schedule page for information and dates on the shows there.

See you soon!
Jamie

05/08/2011

Hello all!

I would like to personally invite you to join Keith Weber and me for a recital benefiting the Bridges Music Academy at St. Luke's United Methodist this coming Sunday (Mother's Day!) at 7:30pm! Featured composers are Britten/Purcell, Sibelius, Bernstein, Heggie, Hundley, and Sibelius. I consider this recital and fundraiser to be very close to my heart... proceeds from this recital will provide music scholarships to needy students who attend Bridges Academy and will also fund our Music Outreach program in HISD Elementary Schools. Never before has this outreach been so important!

Hope to see you there!
Jamie B.

04/16/2011

Hello everyone!

This update is an incredibly exciting one for me... I have just been engaged to sing with the New York Pops on their 28th Birthday Gala! This gala honors the Bob Hope Legacy and raises money to support the New York Pops and its Education Programs. Fellow singers on this concert include Tyne Daly, Tony DeSare, Christine Ebersole, Gregg Edelman, Maurice Hines, Cheyenne Jackson, Aaron Lazar, Michele Lee, Kelli O’Hara, Cartier Williams, Tom Wopat, and the special guest of the evening is Angela Landsbury! This is not one to be missed! (Also, this is my official Carnegie Hall debut, so I am just a wee bit excited!)

For more information, check under my Schedule tab and click on the New York Pops link.

Until next time...
Jamie B.

03/14/2011

Hello everyone!

LOTS of exciting things have been happening lately, and I'm so excited to get to share them with you! First of all, the concerts with the San Diego Symphony and the Omaha Symphony were my debuts with those groups! They went splendidly, and I very much enjoyed getting to visit cities I'd never been to before.

The next big debut is coming up very soon on April 1st -- my European debut! I'll be doing the role of Mere Marie in the Bayerische Staatsoper's production of Dialogues des Carmélites. This is a simply stunning opera, and I am very happy to be able to make my debut with this role in a place like Munich! If you happen to be in the area, come on by!

After Europe, I'm back in the states and preparing for my Santa Fe Opera debut. Take a look on my Schedule page to get more information on that.

Thank you again for dropping by!

Jamie

01/25/2011

Dear NY Times...

THANK YOU for this!

I had an absolutely wonderful evening singing in Zankel Hall! I was joined by a group of absolutely delightful and fiercely talented musicians, and all together, we made one heck of a recital. If you were there, I am so happy you were! And if you missed it, I am so sorry you did; it was truly a spectacular evening! (The link above goes to the NY Times' review of the recital... feel free to take a peek!)

Next up, a debut at San Diego Symphony with Schubert's Mass in E Flat Major! I'm looking forward to feeling a bit of warm weather (as NYC has been COLD!) Also, don't forget to watch the Grammy Awards on February 13th, and keep your fingers crossed!

Keep warm!
Jamie B.

12/09/2010

Hello everyone!

I am absolutely thrilled to be able to announce that the CD that was released this past August (Hasse's Marc' Antonio e Cleopatra) has been nominated for a Grammy! More information can be found here under category #99 (Opera Recordings.) What an honor!

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Marc' Antonio e Cleopatra, check it out on iTunes or Amazon.com!

Cross your fingers for us, and thank you for stopping by my site!

Jamie B.

09/03/2010

Hi everyone!

Just a quick note to let you know of something exciting... a CD of the work I did with Ars Lyrica of Houston this past January has been released! Check out Amazon.com to purchase your copy of Marc Antonio e Cleopatra!

Thank you for dropping by!
Jamie

05/07/2010

Hi everyone!

I am currently in St. Louis staging a wonderful production of The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. It's going to be a great show, so visit Opera Theatre of St. Louis's website for tickets and more information!

As always, thank you for stopping by!
Jamie

04/09/2010

Hi everyone!

Just a quick note to let you know that Die Zauberflöte is being broadcast on the Metropolitan Opera channel on Sirius Satellite Radio this Saturday, starting at 1pm. Not only will I be singing 2nd Lady during the show, but I will also participate in an interview (along with the other two Ladies) during the intermission. Tune in!

Thanks for stopping by!
Jamie

03/09/2010

Hello, everyone!

Many thanks for stopping in. I've just now gotten to update the site, as I've been travelling like crazy lately! So, to catch us all up, I've just finished the run of Otello at the Canadian Opera Company, and I have just recently presented my first solo recital with Kathleen Kelly at the piano at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. It has been an incredible beginning to 2010, and I want to thank each and every one of you who might have come to a performance or might have sent me good thoughts! There are new quotes about each of those gigs under my Press page, but I would particularly like to encourage you to read this review of the recital at Carnegie... many thanks to Operaticus.com for such a glowing review!

Thanks for stopping by!

Jamie B.

02/02/2010

Hello there! I have been in Toronto working with the Canadian Opera Company on their production of Otello. What a wonderful production and cast! We open on Wednesday and run through the month of February. If you're in the area, be sure to drop by!

Directly after Otello closes, I'm off to New York for my recital with Kathleen Kelly at Weill Hall. How exciting! More information on that concert is available under my "Schedule" tab.

Once again, thank you for dropping by!
Jamie B.

12/28/2009

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by www.jamiebartonmezzo.com!

It has been a great fall, and I am gearing up for a busy spring schedule. Check out my Schedule page for a list of upcoming performances... I may be coming to a city near you!

Happy holidays!
Jamie B.

11/02/2009

Hello All!

Just a quick reminder of my recital with the amazingly talented Kathleen Kelly (pianist) this coming Thursday at the University of Houston's Dudley Hall (7:30pm, FREE admission!) We're going to have great fun with some songs by Britten/Purcell, Mahler, Libby Larsen, and Rachmaninov. We'd love to see you there!

Also, in very exciting news, The Audition has finally been released on DVD! This documentary was made in 2007 by Susan Fromke about the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. I was a participant, and luckily a winner on that year! So, this documentary means quite a bit to me. It is a really honest rendering of how this competition goes and what kind of stresses go into it. I would really encourage anyone who is interested in seeing what singers go through during a competition like the Met Competition to grab a copy of this DVD. (Drop by the Met Opera Online Store to pick up a copy.)

Check out Roger Ebert's review on the DVD!

Many thanks for stopping by!

Jamie B.

10/12/2009

Hello all, and thanks for stopping in!

I am just in from a wonderful week with the Colorado Symphony. Marin Alsop and Taki Concordia Conducting Fellow Mihaela Cesa-Goje were the conductresses at the helm. I have to say... this concert was very special. This was in many ways a homecoming for Maestra Alsop, as she had been with this orchestra for a long time (and is now with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.) The pieces on the first half were all by Leonard Bernstein, Alsop's musical mentor. I sang in both of these pieces; "Opening Prayer" - a magnificent 3 minute orchestral number with a bit of a vocal solo at the end which was conducted beautifully by Maestra Cesa-Goje - and Bernstein's first symphony, the "Jeremiah Symphony" which was conducted by Maestra Alsop. If you're interested in reading the review from the Denver Post, go here.

Happily, I have a bit of a break now! But, no true rest for the wicked... I am putting together a recital with pianist Kathleen Kelly this month! We will be performing the recital at the University of Houston on November 5th. If you're around, we'd love to see you! We will be taking this recital to the Terrace Theater in the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and then later to Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Check the Schedule page for more information on those concerts.

Thank you so much for stopping by! And, if you haven't been by recently, check out the new photos from this summer at Wolf Trap... there's some beautiful and interesting stuff!

Jamie B.

09/25/2009

Hello all!

I can now happily say that I have sung at the Met! My first performance of Die Zauberflöte on September 23rd went really well and was a lot of fun. I've had an absolutely wonderful time working with my colleagues on this show, and am excited for the rest of the run!

Up next is a concert in Denver, CO with the Colorado Symphony. I'll be singing Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony and another piece by Bernstein called "Opening Prayer" which is not very well known. Both are in Hebrew, which is a first for me! It should be great fun.

As always, thank you for stopping by!
Jamie B.

08/27/2009

Hello ladies and gents!

I'm writing to you from the big, buzzing center of the western hemisphere... New York City! I settled in yesterday and am preparing to begin rehearsals on Die Zauberflöte very soon. I am very excited to be on this particular show... this production of Mozart's timeless classic is the newest and most exciting creation by Julie Taymore for the Metropolitan Opera. If you're in attendance, expect some seriously amazing visual effects! (Not to mention that I think the singing will probably be okay too...!) :)

Keep checking back for new dates on the Schedule page... there are a few last minute things that I need to add, but cannot for various reasons at this time. Soon, though -- I promise!

Until next time,
Jamie B.

08/16/2009

Hi there!

I am writing you from the beautifully cool Aspen, Colorado. This week I am preparing to do both a duo recital (featuring a lot of German romantic repertoire) and Leonard Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles with the seriously fantastic Ryan McKinney! (Take a look at his site at www.ryanmckinney.com!) Both of these concerts, part of the Aspen Music Festival, should be fantastic fun. Check out full details about these concerts under my Schedule tab!

On another note, I have added pictures from three events I did at Wolf Trap this summer under my Media tab. These include pictures from the Road Trip! recital with Steven Blier, my Vocal Colors recital with Jeremy Frank, and action shots from Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria. A big thanks goes out to Kim Witman, Eric Melear, and Carol Pratt for their generosity in granting permission for me to use these photos.

Check them out!
Jamie B.

Next on the docket... Die Zauberflöte at The Met!

07/28/2009

Hello everyone!

The Wolf Trap Opera's production of Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria is officially 2/3rds of the way through the run! It is amazing how quickly a project can go, especially when it is such a wonderful production and involve such brilliant artists on all sides. But, don't take my word for it... the reviews are in! Go check the full reviews out:

The Baltimore Sun
Washington Post
Washington Times
Shadowtime NYC

I might just be a little proud of this show. :) Pictures to come as soon as possible... I'll be sure to announce when they're up!

As always, thank you for dropping by!

Jamie B.

06/11/2009

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by my page! I wanted to post a link for any of you who are interested in the goings-ons here at Wolf Trap during the summer time. Kim Witman (the head honcho over here at Wolf Trap Opera) keeps a really great blog on everything that's happening. So, drop on by!

Other than that, just keep checking back for new dates, audio, and news! Many thanks for stopping by...

Jamie B.

05/24/2009

Hello, and thank you for visiting my website! Please feel free to take a peak around... there is new audio on the Media page, and I've just added a few new gigs to the Schedule page. The first one of the new dates is coming up very quickly: Road Trip Recital with Steve Blier at Wolf Trap Opera! Featuring soprano Ava Pine, tenor Dominic Armstrong, baritone Daniel Billings, and myself, this recital is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Many thanks, and see you soon!
Jamie B.

04/13/2009

Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by my site... it's always nice to have visitors! Just a couple of things to update you on:

1. Check back in about a week for some new audio on my Media page. I've got some great audio from the recitals I did this winter, and a few of those selections will be going up.

2. If you were looking for another chance to see me live and on stage, get your tickets now for the shows that are about to open at Houston Grand Opera! I'll be performing the roles of Giovanna in Rigoletto and Mary Norton in the world premiere of Andre Previn's Brief Encounter! Check those links out for ticket information.

3. Do keep an eye on my Schedule page... gigs are coming in, and who knows? I might be in a town near you!

02/25/2009

Hello! I just wanted to quickly update everyone on new happenings. First of all, come next August, I will be a new resident of NYC! I'm very excited about that, and more news on that soon. If you live in Houston and are hoping to see me around, you definitely will... just keep checking out my site. I'll be back for Der Rosenkavalier with Houston Grand Opera in April/May of 2011, and I get the feeling I might be back before that.

Speaking of Houston appearances, I will be performing on March 15th with soprano Melissa Givens and pianist Keith Weber in a recital benefiting one of my favorite Houston arts organizations, Ars Lyrica. The setting for this recital is incredibly intimate and one of a kind: the beautiful home of Ed and Marie Bosarge, Villa Marie. Contact Kinga Ferguson at kferguson@arslyricahouston.org for more information.

Next up is an alumni recital at Shorter College in Rome, GA this coming Monday, March 2nd at 7:30pm. If you're anywhere in the vicinity, come on by! I'm really looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends and family at this, let alone getting to stand on one of the first recital stages I ever performed on. General seating, so be sure to get there early for your pick of the best seats in the house!

Be sure to get your tickets to RIGOLETTO and the world premiere of Andre Previn's BRIEF ENCOUNTER at Houston Grand Opera soon!

01/23/2009

Hello All! Just a quick entry to say hello and let you know that the Carnegie debut went splendidly. If you'd like to read more about my experiences with that trip, go to my blog for a full report!

Also, just a reminder of the cabaret I have coming up on February 10th with Joseph Li. Information is available under my "Schedule" link... would love to see you there!

01/08/2009

Hello all! Just wanted to post a link to a radio interview I just did on KUHF (Houston NPR) to promote my upcoming recital in Houston. Happy listening!

Click here for the link!

01/02/2009

Hello everyone, Happy New Year, and thank you for stopping by! There are a couple of really exciting things happening this month, and are all centering around my Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall debut! So, get your calendars ready, and here are some details:

1. If you are in Texas or own a plane, make your way over to St. Phillip Presbyterian (4807 San Felipe, Houston, TX) on January 10th at 7:30pm for a special preview recital of my Carnegie debut! This is a free event, but donations will be accepted for Grace Song, Inc., a wonderful non-profit arts organization who is both hosting this event, arranging for the recital space, and even helped me make a demo CD this year. Grace Song is a wonderful organization, and your money would be very well spent! Either way, come out to hear me and the amazing Kathleen Kelly in an evening of song. Not to be missed!

2. CARNEGIE DEBUT!! If you happen to be in or around New York City on January 20th, come by Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall to hear my debut! All sorts of information on this recital can be found here on the Marilyn Horne Foundation's website. And, as if my debuting through the Marilyn Horne Foundation on a recital at Weill Hall isn't enough excitement for you, I will also be premiering a song cycle by Richard Hundley! A big thanks goes out to the Marilyn Horne Foundation for this commission and for giving me the chance to sing it for the first time... it is quite gorgeous!

I think that's enough excitement for one news update, but please keep checking back for more schedule updates and news!

Next month, Jamie and Joseph Li (pianist) in a night of cabaret, musical theater, and jazz at The Tasting Room off of Post Oak Blvd. in Houston, TX! Not to be missed!

11/21/2008

I would like to send a big thank you to everyone who attended a performance of Beatrice and Benedict! I had a wonderful time doing this show, and even had the opportunity to blog for Houston Grand Opera regarding the show. Go check it out!

The next performance coming up is a showcase of opera scenes being performed by the Houston Grand Opera Studio on the beautiful campus of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. I will be featured in two very exciting scenes; as Carmen in the card aria scene from Carmen and Eboli in the garden scene from Don Carlos. I would love to see you there, so go to Houston Grand Opera's webpage for more information on tickets and location!

11/09/2008

Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Just a quick note to bring your attention to a mistake that has since been corrected: my cabaret at The Tasting Room with Joseph Li (piano) was listed as being on February 12th, which is completely wrong. I double checked it and was told it is on February 10th, so note that in your calendars!

Also, add this to your calendar if you're in or around Houston, TX: If you want to see my Carnegie Hall debut but cannot make it up to New York on January 20th, come by St. Phillips in the Galleria district (4807 San Felipe) on January 10th! Not only will Kathleen Kelly (pianist) and I do our Carnegie Hall program, but we're adding a lot of beautiful and fun music to it as well! Featuring works of Purcell (arr. Britten), Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Hundley, and Heggie!

10/18/2008

Hello all! Just a quick note to let you know that I have posted new audio under my Media page. Check them out! All 4 of the new pieces were recorded with Keith Weber on the piano, and with the generosity of his nonprofit organization Grace Song, Inc.

Also, Beatrice and Benedict is going splendidly. The main cast (which features the incomparable Joyce DiDonato as Beatrice and the wonderful up-and-coming Norman Reinhart as Benedict) has been rehearsing for a few weeks and the show is bound to be a very entertaining evening for all. Come see Beatrice and Benedict at Houston Grand Opera, opening October 30th (follow the HGO link for more details), or come see my alternate cast on Nov. 4th at 10am, 5th at 7pm, or on the 7th at 10am.

And, as always, thank you for dropping by my site!

~ Jamie B.

09/23/2008

My Ars Lyrica concert forged on this past Friday night (9/19) despite the mess created by Hurricane Ike. The concert, which was moved at the last minute from the Hobby Center to St. Phillips Cathedral, did not suffer in the least. Hailed as a "radient performance" by the Houston Chronicle, Ars Lyrica's opening concert (Legendary Lovers) told the famous tales of Anthony and Cleopatra, and Orpheus and Euridice. Said of Jamie Barton in the Houston Chronicle review:

"Houston Grand Opera Studio mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton rang radiently in front of the baroque ensemble... Barton was pensive then brilliant in Priva son d'ogni conforto (Deprived of all comfort) and Non ha più che temere (I have nothing more to fear)."

Next in line is this weekend's Sing for Hope concert here at the Wortham Center's Cullen Theater. You can find more information on this incredible event here!

09/02/2008

Jamie was recently hailed as a "rising star" by Opera News in their September 2008 review of Madame Butterfly, while the Aspen Times writes that "...mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton came close to stealing the show with her over-the-top witch" in Aspen Opera Theatre's Hansel and Gretel. See the full quotes on the Press page!

Also, next in line is Jamie's performance with Ars Lyrica, Houston's premiere early music group. Come and see a wonderful program of "legendary lovers" featuring soprano Ava Pine and Jamie Barton. Visit Ars Lyrica's website for more information!

07/04/2008

After a very successful run of Madame Butterfly at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Jamie is now in Aspen, CO at the Aspen Music Festival. Check her out as The Witch in a wonderful new production of Hansel and Gretel, conducted by Richard Bado and directed by Edward Berkley! July 24, 27, and 28th (and being simulcast for FREE in Aspen's Wagner Park on the 28th!)

06/08/2008

"Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton was a sensitive, supportive Suzuki who made every glance and gesture meaningful. Her voice is a gorgeous, mellow instrument. She and [Kelly] Kaduce blended perfectly in the Flower Duet." - STLtoday.com (May 2009)

Jamie has most recently been seen in Opera Theatre of St. Louis's 2008 production of Madame Butterfly. The show opened to great success on May 29th and will continue through June 28th. Visit www.opera-stl.org for ticket information!

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