Toronto Symphony Orchestra
"Anyone who hasn't heard Jamie Barton sing is missing out. Barton's voice is incredible. There's a lightness blended with power that's perfect for song/concert singing. I remember my voice teacher in my undergrad (Hi, Marie!) telling me, "they aren't paying to see the work," and last night was the lesson I needed 15 years ago. Her tone was flawless, the sound was effortless and she magically wove her way in and out of the orchestral colour in a way that I've seen very few singers pull off. It was breathtaking."
–Greg Finney, Schmopera
"The mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton gave a luminous performance in the alto solo of the 4th movement. Her beginning words, “O Mensch! Gib Acht!” sent chills up and down my spine. I don’t think I was imagining it, but her dark tone was eerily reminiscent of the young Maureen Forrester."
–Joseph So, Musical Toronto
"The other spine-tingling moment of the evening was the beginning of the fourth movement. The quiet strings effecting the very cold change of harmony coupled with the entry of the rich, creamy tone of mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, cut straight through to the emotional crux of the music. She continued with the same intensity, singing with such a silky, creamy tone which was pure luxury."
–Oliver Brett, Bachtrack