The Kennedy Center

Jamie Barton


American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is the winner of the Beverly Sills Artist Award and Richard Tucker Award, both Main and Song Prizes at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Her debut solo album, All Who Wander, featuring songs by Mahler, Dvorak, and Sibelius, was recently named winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award.

Ms. Barton’s 2018/19 season includes appearances as Azucena in Il trovatore at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Bayerische Staatsoper, Verdi’s Requiem at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and a role debut as Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking at Atlanta Opera. She appears at San Francisco Opera as Sara in Roberto Devereux and Jezibaba in Rusalka, and brings her acclaimed Fricka to the Metropolitan Opera’s Ring cycle, with a Met Live in HD performance of Die Walküre simulcast to cinemas in over seventy countries.

Ms. Barton’s operatic engagements have included appearances with many of the world’s most-loved opera houses: Leonor (La favorite) at Teatro Real Madrid; Adalgisa (Norma) with the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and San Francisco Opera; Fricka, Waltraute, and 2nd Norn (Wagner’s Ring) at San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Washington National Opera; Princess Eboli (Don Carlo) at Washington National Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin; Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena) at the Met and Lyric Opera of Chicago; Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) at Oper Frankfurt; Jezibaba (Rusalka) at the Met; and Fenena at Seattle Opera and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Future seasons include a debut at Dallas Opera and returns to Santa Fe, Houston, Munich, Madrid, and New York.

Winner of an International Opera Award and Marian Anderson Award, Ms. Barton has appeared in concert with the New York Philharmonic (Das Rheingold), Philadelphia Orchestra (Handel Messiah), London Symphony Orchestra (Bernstein Jeremiah Symphony), Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Verdi Requiem, Mahler 3rd Symphony), Oulu Symphony Orchestra (Mahler Rückert-Lieder), Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Elgar Sea Pictures, Verdi Requiem), Baltimore Symphony (Mahler 3rd Symphony), Iceland Symphony Orchestra (Brahms Alto Rhapsody, Mahler 3rd Symphony), and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s The Work at Hand. In future seasons, Ms. Barton will return to Reykjavík and Atlanta, and make her debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Ms. Barton has appeared with Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax at Tanglewood, and in recital across the U.S. and U.K., including tours with pianists Kathleen Kelly, Bradley Moore, and James Baillieu, with appearances at Ann Arbor’s University Musical Society, Carnegie Hall, Celebrity Series of Boston, Princeton University Concerts, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Welsh College, San Francisco Performances, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Vocal Arts DC, and Wigmore Hall. In the coming seasons, she will return to Carnegie, Wigmore, and Spivey Halls, and make her debut at the Park Avenue Armory.

Ms. Barton is proud to serve as a mentor with Turn The Spotlight, a foundation working to identify, nurture, and empower leaders – and in turn, to illuminate the path to a more equitable future in the arts.

Watch Past Performances

Video 10/6/2014: Marian Anderson Award: Jamie Barton

The mezzo-soprano, recipient of the 2014 Marian Anderson Award—a grant for American singers in mid-career—performs a recital accompanied by soprano Amber Wagner, baritone Michael Kelly, and pianist Kathleen Kelly. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person.

Jamie Barton