Earlier this season the American mezzo-soprano, greatly acclaimed at Cincinnati Opera for her first Azucena, reprised the role in Munich and sang Sara/Roberto Devereux in San Francisco. Following Lyric’s Trovatore, she portrays Sister Helen Prejean/ Dead Man Walking (Atlanta Opera) and Fricka/ Ring cycle (Metropolitan Opera) before returning to San Francisco as Ježibaba/Rusalka, a role she debuted in the Met’s new production. Recent operatic highlights include La favorite (Madrid’s Teatro Real), Norma (Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera), Don Carlo (Washington National Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin), and the Ring cycle (San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera). Among Barton’s prestigious orchestral and recital engagements have been Jake Heggie’s The Work at Hand (world premiere) at Carnegie Hall, a Wigmore Hall debut, and appearances with London Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra. Her debut solo album, All Who Wander, featuring songs by Mahler, Dvořák, and Sibelius, was named winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award. Barton is also winner of the Beverly Sills Artist Award, Richard Tucker Award, International Opera Award, Marian Anderson Award, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and both Main and Song Prizes at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Previously at Lyric: Five roles since 2011/12, most recently Giovanna/Anna Bolena (2014|15); Magdalene/ Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2012|13); Dryade/Ariadne auf Naxos (2011|12).
Last updated: November 17, 2018
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