San Francisco Opera Premieres ‘In Song: Jamie Barton’

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Taylor Ballantyne)

San Francisco Opera’s new short-form song and storytelling video portrait series, “In Song,” has released its new episode “In Song: Jamie Barton.”

In the episode, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton revisits her roots and the music she grew up with in northwest Georgia. Presented in partnership with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the new episode features Barton with banjo virtuoso and 15-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck in performances of Purcell’s “Music for a While” and the traditional ballad “Bury Me Beneath the Weeping Willow.”

Barton takes viewers on a musical and personal journey from “Music City” Nashville, Tennessee with Béla Fleck to the rolling green foothills of Johns Mountain, Georgia and she explores her background coming up in “The Pocket,” a remote valley without wi-fi.

Barton’s episode is the latest in the series which has already featured J’Nai Bridges and Pene Pati. Upcoming episodes include tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz and soprano Amina Edris.