Jamie Barton reviews
“The powerful work culminated in "Lamentation" — here the CSO perfectly balanced mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton's mellifluous, rounded tone that exquisitely rendered the deep sorrow and profound loss of the foretold destruction.
” Mezzo-soprano soloist, Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, under Marin Alsop —The Denver Post, October 2009
“Jamie Barton brought regal grandeur to steadfast Penelope, humanizing a role that risks being as dull as the unswerving virtue she represents.” As Penelope in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, Wolf Trap Opera. —The Washington Post, August 2009
“Penelope, the stoic wife who has been waiting two decades for the return of Ulysses, provides the emotional and musical core of the opera. Monteverdi gave the character some of his most compelling melodic lines, and mezzo Jamie Barton made the most of them, singing with a lush, burnished tone and expressively nuanced detail. Like [Dominic] Armstrong, she sounded very much like a singer with a future.”
As Penelope in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, Wolf Trap Opera. —The Baltimore Sun, August 2009