Cabrillo Festival

“Arguably the most sublime work ever from the prolific vocal pen of San Franciscan Jake Heggie is “Work at Hand,” a beguiling 22-minute feast for mezzo-soprano and orchestra. A sonic sculpture with dazzling beauty, as sung ineffably by the ethereal mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. Once again, a Cabrillo concert is no mere event—it’s an experience.”
–Paul Hertelendy, ArtsSF

“Yet another first was the West Coast premiere of Jake Heggie’s The Work at Hand (2015) on a poem by Laura Morefield. The author wrote the poem as her way of preparing for an early death from cancer. Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton delivered a moving and emotional performance of this lyrical and gentle excellent orchestral cushion to express the emotional content of the poem.”
–Roger Emanuels, Performing Arts Monterey Bay

“When There Are Nine, a 45-minute orchestral song cycle with chorus, presents a surge of principled outrage — by turns lyrical and ferocious, resolute and tender — against the inequities of the American legal and political system. It’s part biography, part anthem and entirely compelling. Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, for whom the piece was written, gave a splendid performance, at once personable and probing, and the members of the virtuoso vocal octet Roomful of Teeth deployed their gifts to the fullest.”
–Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle