American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton made her Royal Opera debut in 2016 as Fenena (Nabucco).
Barton was born in Rome, Georgia. She won the 2015 Richard Tucker Award and the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World (first prize and Song Prize), and was a winner at the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She trained at Shorter College and Indiana University and went on to become an Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, a Tanglewood Vocal Fellow and a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. She has sung leading roles for companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, LA Opera, Washington National Opera, Deutsche Oper berlin and Frankfurt Opera. Her repertory includes Adalgisa (Norma), Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena), Azucena (Il trovatore), Eboli (Don Carlo), Fricka (Das Rheingold and Die Walküre), Magdalene (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Second Norn and Waltraute (Götterdämmerung), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) and Katisha (The Mikado).
Barton has appeared in concert with orchestras including New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, London Schools Symphony Orchestra (UK debut), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Iceland Symphony Orchestra, in repertory including Verdi’s Requiem, Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Mahler’s Third Symphony. She regularly appears in recital at leading US venues including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. She made her BBC Proms debut in 2015 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment singing Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody.
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