Jamie Barton Wins BBC Cardiff Singer Competition

Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 07:00 PM

Jamie Barton, a 30-year-old mezzo-soprano from Rome, Georgia, won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition on Sunday night. The award is one of the most influential in opera and comes with a £15,000 (approx. $23,000 USD) prize, plus engagements with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Barton competed in the final in Cardiff, Wales against Italian soprano Teresa Romano, Croatian bass baritone Marko Mimica, Argentinian mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, and Olena Tokar, a soprano from Ukraine.

Over 400 singers auditioned and 20 were invited to Cardiff for the weeklong contest. Over the years it has helped to bolster the careers of numerous singers including bass-baritone Bryn Terfel.

A gregarious stage personality, Barton already has a significant career. She's sang with Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. She played the Second Lady in The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera in 2010 and is scheduled to return to the house this fall, playing Adalgisa in Bellini's Norma.

Reviewing Barton's 2009 recital at the Kennedy Center, Washington Post music critic Anne Midgette wrote, she that "she's got a big voice, and she sings very well," though she has a "penchant for mugging."

English tenor Ben Johnson won a £2,000 ($3,000 USD) Audience Award.

Below: Barton sings Purcell's incidental music for John Dryden and Nathaniel Lee's play "Oedipus."

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner MMusic Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

CONGRATULATIONS TO JAMIE BARTON !!! PRIZE WINNING is the most sure-fire method to accelerate one's career success. The earlier one starts winning competitions the surer one's fame and financial rewards. The focus must be on improving and widening one's repertoire of possibilities to mature one's art. There must be a passion, a dedication, to constantly seek to improve. If one truly has the desire and strives with serious workouts to develop skill and stamina then success should surely be obtainable. STAGE PRESENCE and body language that reveals an interpretive ONENESS with the work performed besides a handsome or beautiful physique DO positively rate the performer. In the CLASSICAL field especially OPERA the timbre, musicianship, dramaturgy verity, projection, stamina and rarity of the voice quality SHOULD be the primal factor. In my own case, I work out daily at a gym, I run in scheduled races besides on a rubberized outdoor track, eat properly and sleep adequately. All these factors definitively affect one's appearance and stamina. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, opera composer ["Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare"] and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, where vocal technique for declamation in plays and singing technique plus all the roles of Wagner and Shakespeare are taught. www.WagnerOpera.com

Aug. 27 2013 05:17 PM
Robert St.Onge from Cochiti Lake,NM

I've had the pleasure of hearing Ms. Barton live at the Santa Fe Opera and I'm not surprised that she won this prestigious award. Brava,Ms. Barton and please come back to Santa Fe.

Jun. 24 2013 05:02 PM
Gary from Dallas, TX

BRAVA BRAVA BRAVA !!!

I've heard Ms. Barton live (HGO) - what a thrill. Big round warm sound, well focused and a star certainly to look for both now and in the future. Well done, Ms Barton!!!

Jun. 24 2013 03:19 PM

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