Soft and soulful in "Schafers Klagelied," strong and firm in "Gretchen am Spinnrade," Barton can do it all and made everything sound so simple."
New York Philharmonic
Barton possesses a powerful mezzo-soprano that she can fashion to fit various demands, summoning up a hard amber sound when she needed to project authority, and finding a much softer, more lyrical note in her lamentations.
Houston Grand Opera
Mezzo Jamie Barton is already an international phenom with that dazzlingly creamy voice and commanding stage presence. As Waltraute, she shines most bright in an achingly beautiful mini-scene that displays her glorious voice to full effect.
It’s hard to find adjectives superlative enough to describe her voice: huge and sumptuous, but with such broad possibilities of color that the singer can chill the blood with just a glint of steel in the tone. Lurching, heaving and writhing nonstop, she looked as if she might any moment explode out of sheer malevolence.
debut solo album with pianist Brian Zeger
The Best Vocal Recital Disc of 2016
Barton's mezzo pours out like lava...
From her first entrance, Barton seized the audience with marvelous warmth and power, like the sudden introduction of a spine-stiffening rod.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Absolutely outstanding... the best vocal performance of the last two ASO seasons.
Barton's aria from Saint-Saens' Samson and Delilah was so moving that many in the glamorous audience were brought to tears...
This was highly emotional and yet beautifully restrained singing that really got beneath the skin of the music.