Who is Jamie Barton?

Meet the American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton

Jamie Barton

Jamie Barton was born in Georgia, US in 1981. Following studies at Shorter College in her home town of Rome and then at Indiana University, she began her career at Houston Grand Opera.

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In 2013, Barton won both the Song Prize and the Main Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, leading to major engagements worldwide. ‘She’s a great artist, no question,’ wrote The Guardian‘s critic.

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Appearances in opera houses around the world ensued, including at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Royal Opera House in London.

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Her debut recital album, with pianist Brian Zeger, featured songs by Mahler, Sibelius and Dvořák. It won in the Vocal category of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Awards.

And outside the world of music? Barton’s enthusiasms include Doctor Who, musicals, bluegrass and Monty Python.

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Jamie Barton speaks to Clemency Burton-Hill in the August 2019 issue of BBC Music Magazine