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American mezzo Jamie Barton wins big in Cardiff! Jamie has been awarded both the title of Cardiff Singer of the World and the Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize. She is only the second singer in the competition's history to win both awards.  

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American mezzo Jamie Barton wins big in Cardiff! Jamie has been awarded both the title of Cardiff Singer of the World and the Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize. She is only the second singer in the competition's history to win both awards. 

Following her win, Jamie graciously posted to Facebook:

"I cannot begin to describe the feeling'When you wish upon a star' comes to mind! So many thanks to those involved with the competitionthe staff, the adjudicators, and my fellow competitors, who are just as beautiful people as they are artists. I look forward to meeting all of you down the road in the life of our careerswhat incredible music will be made!"

British classical music critic Mike Smith reviews Jamie's magnificent performance in the final concert: 

"The 31-year-old’s cleverly structured programme comprised a perfect aria from Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, displaying her smooth melting mezzo before giving a characterful Witch’s aria from Hänsel und Gretel. Her Sibelius was hauntingly beautiful and her closing choice of Dido’s dark and gorgeous aria from Berlioz’s Les Troyens meticulously sung and a clear competition clincher." 

Congratulations to a Lyric favorite, meistersinging mezzo Jamie Barton!

Learn more about the Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

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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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