Toronto Symphony Orchestra
The soloists were all first rate. Jamie Barton’s gleaming mezzo and exemplary legato was such a pleasure – no wonder she took Cardiff! Her Liber Scriptus, Quid sum miser, and Lux Eterna were all amazing.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
The work had a profound emotional intelligence, matching and uniting music and text. Ms. Barton’s crystalline voice was an effortless, inevitable extension of herself.
Houston Grand Opera
Peerless mezzo Jamie Barton [is the] unloved Fricka. Everything about the character is portrayed by that bathed-in-fire voice: Fricka's imperiousness, jealousy, and unyielding ego. It's there in every phrase.
Sing for Hope
Barton’s rich voice, wondrous high notes and immaculate diction detail a hilarious — and at the same time horrifying — list of the drug’s side effects.
The Queen's Hall
Barton wonderfully evokes the spirit of whatever she sings without having to 'act'; it is evident that the dreams and passions of those of whom she sings flow through her blood intertwined with the music. She is an honest and profound communicator, and one who touches the hearts as well as the ears of those who listen to her in a truly special way.
Carnegie Hall, Oper Frankfurt
Ms. Barton’s voluptuous voice, dusky and scintillating, with each note animated by an interplay of richly shaded overtones...
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Alsop chose wisely in mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, who pleaded mournfully...but also had the clarion power to soar above the massive choral and instrumental forces in the fifth movement.
Lyric Opera of Chicago
The role of the guilt-ridden Jane Seymour offered Barton a splendid opportunity to display her plush, voluminous voice and dulcet bel canto phrasing...
Wolf Trap Barns
Barton is actually a timeless singer, because anyone who can produce a strong, effortless, rich, expressive sound with such reliability doesn’t deserve to be limited by labels...
San Francisco Opera
Barton’s debut was in all respects a heroic and heartening affair. She introduced a voice of ruby hue, with an instinctive feel for the limpid Bellini phrase and an ample chest tone employed with discretion and taste...