Your 2017 Beverly Sills Artist Award Winner is Jamie Barton

By David Salazar

Jamie Barton is the 2017 winner of the Beverly Sills Artist Award, given to extraordinarily gifted singers between the ages of 25 and 40 who have already appeared in featured solo roles at the Met.

Barton made her Met debut in 2009 as the Second Lady in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.” She would return in 2013 to take on the role of Adalgisa in “Norma.” That was followed up by a run of “Anna Bolena” in 2015. This season she took on the character of Fenena in “Nabucco” and is preparing to singing Ježibaba in a new production of “Rusalka.” She also recently released a new album “All Who Wander,” which OperaWire praised as “filled with music gems that will captivate those willing to give it a listen. The intimacy of the set will take them wandering through a vast musical landscape that encapsulates almost any human emotion one can imagine.”

This is the latest accolade the mezzo-soprano has received after winning the Met Council auditions in 2007 and earning the Richard Tucker Award in 2015.

“I am truly humbled to be receiving an award given in honor of Beverly Sills, whose lively presence helped opera shine even where classical music previously felt unreachable and elite,” Barton said in a press release. “Her offstage commitment to cultivating and celebrating homegrown American artistry and her onstage collaborations with people from all walks of art… helped make opera accessible to all and addictive to many. Her ability to communicate an unfolding story with every vocal nuance continues to inspire me – it’s that kind of artistry that moves me as an audience member, and it’s the kind of storytelling I strive for in my own performances. To be not only honored by the Metropolitan Opera but also to become part of a legacy that includes such strong advocates for our art form is one of the greatest honors I can imagine.”

The award was established in 2006 by Agnes Varis, a managing director on the Met board.