Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, who earlier this year thrilled Lyric audiences as Magdalene in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, is onstage for another song competition. This week, she's representing the United States of America in the BBC's biennial Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

Barton headshotMezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, who earlier this year thrilled Lyric audiences as Magdalene in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, is onstage for another song competition. This week, she's representing the United States of America in the BBC's biennial Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

Twenty early-career opera and concert singers from around the world convene in Cardiff to represent their home countries. Each competitor sings a program in one of four preliminary concerts, each judged by an international panel of experts. The five highest-scoring singers advance to the final concert. All singers receive tremendous international exposure, and the winner of the final concert is awarded £15,000 and a trophy. 

The finalists will be announced later today. Jamie won the first prelim, so her chances of making the Sunday, June 23 final are strong! Go USA!

Jamie also has been named a finalist for the parallel Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize. For the Song Prize final concert, taking place tomorrow, June 21 at 7:30pm GMT, Jamie will sing Purcell, Brahms, Sibelius, and Rachmaninoff.

Can't tune in to the BBC? Support Jamie by browsing the photo gallery of her Lyric appearances below and by listening on 98.7WFMT and wfmt.com to the Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts rebroadcast of Die Meistersinger at noon on June 22!