San Francisco Performances
Hearing American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton in her San Francisco Performances recital Wednesday evening, at least one listener had to ask: Is there anything this artist can't sing?
The kind of music-making one dreams of ... Barton's voice exuded a buttery warmth and sumptuous tone.
Essential Voices USA
Barton soothes the soul with her fluid, gently rocking quality.
Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall
"Barton is a worthy winner of this prize—her mezzo soprano is rich and luscious. It definitely stands out among the hordes of slender lyric mezzos that populate the opera scene... Didon showed off an artist ready for the greatest mezzo roles."
The superb mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton’s sumptuous voice has utterly unforced carrying power. Ms. Barton’s Giovanna held her own, trading fiery phrases and bursts of skittish passagework, and was even more affecting during tender moments, when Ms. Barton demonstrated how to send a long-lined Donizetti phrase wafting through the house. At 33, she seems poised for greatness.
Ars Lyrica Houston
"Award-winning American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, whose assured and eloquent vocalism provided a strong start to Ars Lyrica Houston’s 2015 ̶16, probably doesn’t sing much medieval or Renaissance music. Her potent voice is more suited to the opera stage or recital platform than to the choir loft. But the rest of Western classical music seems to be her oyster.
The Greene Space
"When I heard mezzo Jamie Barton at the Metropolitan Opera's recital in Central Park in the summer of 2014, she would have knocked my socks off--if I hadn't been wearing sandals. This time around--newly anointed winner of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award--at a concert presented by WQXR at New York's Greene Space in SoHo, I was wearing my argyles and, sure enough, I went home barefoot. Barton proved, once again, that she's 'the real thing'."
BBC Proms: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Vocal finesse shone from the Alto Rhapsody too, thanks to the wonderful American mezzo Jamie Barton. That joyfully dark, voluptuous and steady voice sucked us in from the first worried note to the last breath of emollient calm.
Jamie Barton, an international prizewinner of considerable renown, is dazzling as Fenena, with a showstopper Act IV aria that displayed the lyricism and agility of this remarkable voice.
At the opera's center is the Gypsy, Azucena, who has seen her own mother burned at the stake. Thursday was Barton's first outing in this role, and it seems ideal for her out-sized, rich mezzo-soprano, with its arresting color in the lower range.