Washington National Opera
"One standout in this opera was mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton who sang the role of Brünnhilde’s sister Valkyrie, Waltraute with a mellow, passionate yet refined vocal approach that shone brightly like a small jewel in this lengthy opera."
–Terry Ponick, Communities Digital News
"Sunday’s deeply moving conclusion to the cycle [was] as powerful a dramatic experience as I’ve had in Washington for a very long time. I think this iteration of Francesca Zambello’s “Ring” was even stronger and more cohesive than the version presented in San Francisco five years ago. The cast was stronger, with an exciting debut by mezzo-soprano (and 2015 Tucker Award winner) Jamie Barton as the Second Norn and Waltraute..."
–Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
"Jamie Barton’s rich, vibrant mezzo made for an exceptional Waltraute. Sporting a very cute bob (Valkyrie salons know manageable hair), she excelled in a sensitive monologue about Wotan’s dilemma and a subsequent explosive encounter with Stemme. Götterdämmerung’s two trios offered a final opportunity to appreciate the depth of casting that has been a trademark of this Ring. The Norns offered vocal glamour in both solo voices and aggregate sound – besides another welcome opportunity to hear Barton…"
–Alex Baker, Parterre Box
"Lindsay Ammann, Jamie Barton, and Marcy Stonikas were a particularly beautiful trio vocally, costumed as green-uniformed technicians with aprons, gloves, and goggles."
–Charles T. Downey, Ionarts
"The Prologue to Götterdämmerung gained from the eloquent singing of Amman, Jamie Barton and Marcy Stonikas as the Norns."
–Tim Smith, Opera News
"Jamie Barton was a warm presence as one of the impressive trio of Norns (the others were Lindsay Ammann and Marcy Stonikas) and Waltraute, who appeals to Brünnhilde to help save the gods who have already cast her out."
–Anne Midgette, Washington Post
"Rising mezzo Jamie Barton’s Waltraute riveted her long scene with Brünnhilde with a superbly well sung pathos."
–Paul du Quenoy, ConcertoNet
"Jamie Barton made a phenomenal Second Norn and was almost as good as Waltraute: what an instrument!"
–David Shengold, Gay City News
"Mezzo-Soprano Jamie Barton is enthralling as she sings so expressively meshing her emotions to each corresponding note with fluidity and ease. As Barton warns Foster’s Brünnhilde of the approaching destruction, one is held spellbound."
–David Friscic, DC Metro Theater Arts