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 2014-2015 season begins with a debut at the San Francisco Opera as Adalgisa in Norma. This will be followed by a return to Atlanta for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Donald Runnicles. Other concert engagements include 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. As the latest recipient of the Marian Anderson Award, Ms. Barton will appear in Recital at the Kennedy Center. Further Recital dates include Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Worcester, MA, Frankfurt, Germany and a benefit for the Wolf Trap Foundation. In opera Jamie Barton will return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in a new role, Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena, followed by her return to the Houston Grand Opera as Fricka in Die Walküre. Later in the season Ms. Barton will debut the role of Azucena in Il Trovatore with the Cincinnati Opera and will make a company debut with the Seattle Opera, also in a leading role.