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Jamie Barton

  • Mezzo-Soprano


In the 2008-09 season, Jamie Barton appeared with the Houston Grand Opera as Ursula in Béatrice et Bénédict, Giovanna in Rigoletto, and Mrs. Rolandson in the world premiere of André Previn’s Brief Encounter. Ms. Barton made her Weill Hall debut in a duo recital with tenor Russell Thomas, presented by the Marilyn Horne Foundation.
In the summer of 2009, she joined the Wolf Trap Opera Company in the role of Penelope in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, as well as a series of recitals with pianist Steve Blier, also at Wolf Trap.
With the Aspen Music Festival, Ms. Barton appeared in recital with bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, as well as a concert of Bernstein/Bruce Coughlin: Arias and Barcarolles with the Aspen Chamber Symphony, also with Ryan McKinny. Jamie Barton made her professional debut as Annina in La Traviata with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and also covered such roles as Olga Olsen in Street Scene, Katisha in The Mikado, Mrs. Rochester in the American premiere of Michael Berkeley's Jane Eyre, and Betsy in the world premiere of David Carlson’s Anna Karenina.
Recently, she returned to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Suzuki in their production of Madame Butterfly, followed by performances of the Witch in Hansel and Gretel with Aspen Music Festival. As a graduate student of Indiana University, Ms. Barton performed roles such as Tisbe in La Cenerentola, Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, and Mrs. Soames in the 2006 world premiere of Ned Rorem's Our Town.