Shorter University alumna and Armuchee native Jamie Barton is featured on a classical opera recording that has been nominated for a Grammy Award. Ars Lyrica’s recording of J.A. Hasse’s Marc Antonio e Cleopatra earned a Grammy nomination in the classical music opera category. Barton, a 2004 vocal performance major of Shorter, is now based in Houston. She most recently performed as Second Lady in the Metropolitan Opera’s performance of The Magic Flute.
Previously, Barton made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, and performed Emilia in Otello with the Canadian Opera Company. In concert, she performed Bernstein’s Opening Prayer and Jeremiah Symphony with the Colorado Symphony under Marin Alsop. She also appeared in recital with the Vocal Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, as well as Carnegie Hall as part of their Great Singers III: Evenings of Song series. This summer, Barton returned to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro.
Barton has appeared with the Houston Grand Opera as Ursula in Béatrice et Bénédict, Giovanna in Rigoletto, and Mrs. Rolandson in the world premiere of André Previn’s Brief Encounter.
In the summer of 2009, she joined the Wolf Trap Opera Company in the role of Penelope in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d`Ulisse in Patria, as well as in recital with pianist Steve Blier, also at Wolf Trap