Winner of the Beverly Sills Artist Award, Richard Tucker Award, and the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, 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.”
Barton’s 2019-20 season includes appearances as Leonor in La favorite at Houston Grand Opera, Eboli in Don Carlo at Dallas Opera, and Shéhérazade with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She will return to the Metropolitan Opera for role debuts as the title character in Gluck’s Orfeo and as Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, with a Met Live in HD performance of Stuarda simulcast to cinemas worldwide.
Barton has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Wigmore Hall. She has sung Azucena in Il trovatore at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Bayerische Staatsoper; Adalgisa in Norma at Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Houston Grand Opera; Eboli in Don Carlo at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Washington National Opera; Leonor in La favorite at Teatro Real Madrid; and Fricka in Wagner’s Ring cycle at Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and San Francisco Opera.
Barton is the recipient of an International Opera Award and the Marian Anderson Award; her debut solo album, All Who Wander, was recently named winner of the BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award.
Barton makes her Cabrillo Festival debut on August 2, when she performs in the world premiere of Kristin Kuster’s When There Are Nine, and on August 3 with the West Coast premiere of Jake Heggie’s The Work at Hand.