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Magdalene in MEISTERSINGER a meistersinger in Cardiff!

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!

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Epic praise for Lyric's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, starring James Morris.

Meistersinger stage shot

Photo: Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Chicago critics agree with Twitter users on all accounts about Lyric Opera of Chicago's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg!  There are three more opportunities to enjoy:

• The cast– "...first rate from top to bottom...deploying both vocal power and dramatic insight to shape their characters." – Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times
 
• The conducting–  "Lyric Opera of Chicago's new co-production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is five and a half hours short, due first and foremost to Lyric music director Andrew Davis, whose Wagner is luminous." – Nancy Malitz, Chicago on the Aisle
 
• The Lyric Opera Orchestra–  "Even by their standard, [they] played gloriously with refined, majestic brass, personality-plus woodwinds and gleaming, burnished string playing throughout." – Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review
 
• The design–  "With airy yet intricately wrought sets and costumes by Vicki Mortimer, Lyric's Meistersinger looks like a pastoral 19th-century painting." – Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times
 
• The production–  "...warm, accessible, and very charming..." – Lori Dana, Chicago Stage Review
 
In short, "...opportunities to experience Die Meistersinger, let alone one this good, don't come around very often." - John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune  Click on any of the three remaining performance dates to reserve tickets: Feb. 23, Feb. 27, or March 3.

 

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