Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano – “A Sampler of My Favorite Songs and Arias”
- November 27, 2018
- Auer Hall, Simon Music Center
- 200 S. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405
- 8:00 PM
Guest Recital and Audience Q & A Session
Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano (alumna guest artist)
“A Sampler of My Favorite Songs and Arias”
After the recital, Ms. Barton will engage the audience in a question-and-answer session.
This performance is made possible in part by the Five Friends Master Class Series (Honoring Georgina Joshi).
Repertoire and additional performers to be announced
About the Artist
Winner of the Beverly Sills Artist Award, Richard Tucker Award, and both Main and Song Prizes at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is described by The Guardian as “a great artist, no question, with an imperturbable steadiness of tone, and a nobility of utterance that invites comparison not so much with her contemporaries as with mid-twentieth-century greats such as Kirsten Flagstad.” Barton’s 2018-19 season includes appearances as Azucena in Il trovatore at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Bayerische Staatsoper, a Renée Fleming Voices recital at the Kennedy Center, Verdi’s Requiem at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and a role debut as Sister Helen Prejean inDead Man Walking at Atlanta Opera. She returns to San Francisco Opera as Jezibaba inRusalka, and brings her Fricka to the Metropolitan Opera’s Ring cycle, with a Met Live in HD performance of Die Walküre simulcast to cinemas in over 70 countries. Praised byGramophone as having “the sort of instrument you could listen to all day, in any sort of repertoire,” Barton has appeared with Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax at Tanglewood, and in recital at Carnegie Hall, Celebrity Series of Boston, and Wigmore Hall. She has sung Adalgisa in Norma at the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Houston Grand Opera; Eboli in Don Carlo at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Washington National Opera; Leonor in La favorite at Teatro Real Madrid; Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena at Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Fricka/Waltraute/Second Norn in Wagner’s Ring cycle at Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera. Barton’s debut solo album, All Who Wander, featuring songs by Mahler, Dvorák, and Sibelius, was recently named winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award.
(Photo by Stacey Bode; used by permission)
Five Friends Master Class Series – Honoring Georgina Joshi
The Five Friends Master Class Series honoring the lives of five talented Jacobs School of Music students—Chris Carducci, Garth Eppley, Georgina Joshi, Zachary Novak, and Robert Samels—was established in 2012 with a gift of $1 million from the Georgina Joshi Foundation, Inc. This annual series of lectures, master classes, and residencies by a number of the world’s leading musicians and teachers focuses on areas of interest most relevant to the lives of the five friends—voice performance, choral conducting, early music, music theory, composition, and opera. The Georgina Joshi Foundation was established in 2007 as the vision of Georgina Joshi’s mother, Louise Addicott-Joshi, to provide educational and career development opportunities for young musicians and to encourage and support public performance of music. The gift to the school establishes a permanent way for the world to learn about each of the five friends, their musical talents and passions, and to encourage the development of similar talents and passions in current and future music students. The establishment of this endowment by the families is administered by the IU Foundation.
A native of Indiana, Georgina Joshi had received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied with Eiddwen Harrhy. Notably, Joshi had sung for the gala opera night at the Beaumaris Festival with the Welsh Chamber Orchestra conducted by Anthony Hose. She had also performed the role of the first Harlot in Handel’sSolomon conducted by William Jon Gray for the Bloomington Early Music Festival. Joshi was pursuing her Master of Music in Voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Alan Bennett. Her first role at IU was Clorinda in La Cenerentola.