The winner of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award, the winner of both the Main and the Song Prizes at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, a winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a Grammy nominee, American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton has been described by The Guardian as “a great artist, no question, with an imperturbable steadiness of tone, and a nobility of utterance that invites comparison not so much with her contemporaries as with mid-20th century greats such as Kirsten Flagstad.”
Jamie Barton’s 2015–16 season opens with a house debut at Seattle Opera as Fenena in Nabucco, a role that will also serve as her Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut. Other major house debuts include LA Opera as Adalgisa in Norma and Washington National Opera as Waltraute and Second Norn in Götterdämmerung. She will make role debuts as Cornelia in Giulio Cesare at Frankfurt Opera and as Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible at Glimmerglass Opera. Ms. Barton will make her BBC Proms debut with Marin Alsop and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Royal Albert Hall, before appearing as the 2015 Richard Tucker Award Winner at the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala at Lincoln Center. Other concert engagements include a debut with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and returns to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Ars Lyrica in Houston. In recital, Ms. Barton will appear with San Francisco Performances, Ann Arbor’s University Musical Society, Vocal Arts DC, the Baylor Distinguished Artist Series, Seattle Opera’s Wagner and More, and the Tucson Desert Song Festival. Future projects include a debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as returns to Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera.
An avid recitalist, Ms. Barton appeared at the Kennedy Center as the 2014 recipient of the Marian Anderson Award. Recent recital dates have also included Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Frankfurt, and a benefit for the Wolf Trap Foundation. She appeared with the Marilyn Horne Foundation at Weill Hall with tenor Russell Thomas as well in as a solo recital with On Wings of Song. She made her Spivey Hall debut singing Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, which was also broadcast on NPR. Ms. Barton has received extensive training as a recitalist at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she was a Fellow in Vocal Studies for the summers of 2006 and 2007. At the Tanglewood Music Center, she worked with such artists and coaches as James Levine, Dawn Upshaw, Phyllis Curtin, Lucy Shelton and Olly Wilson. Recent concert engagements have included the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s The Work at Hand with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Verdi Requiem with the Toronto Symphony and Sir Andrew Davis.