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Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
Jake Heggie, piano

“A once-in-a-generation voice, a born communicator, a deeply compassionate human being with so much to give to audiences – Jamie Barton is an artist whose time truly has come.” Opera Magazine


May 6, 2022


About the Artists

Since winning the Main and Song prizes at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Georgia native Jamie Barton has conquered all before her, garnering international acclaim as “a leader of a new generation of opera stars” with a voice “rich and full of color, pouring from her with ease” (The New York Times).
“It took no more than a dozen notes, one line of text, to recognize that Jamie Barton possesses a rare voice…Schubert’s ‘Gretchen am Spinnrade’ became a miniature opera in Barton’s fierce interpretation,” admires The Star Tribune, hailing her as “a musician of great confidence and courage.”
“With Heggie and Barton, expect the unexpected,” declares Limelight Magazine of their CD release, Unexpected Shadows, in which “prize-winning mezzo Jamie Barton displays all her remarkable expressive and vocal skills…An exceptional talent…with lithe athleticism, creamy tone and an ability to raise your neck hairs.”
“Barton’s pristine diction relates the story. Her voice is both uplifting and ruminative, a powerful embodiment of the composer’s conception of music as transformative, healing, and humanizing…with her skillful changes in voice and character, we don’t need much more to get a vivid image of the song. She sings with so much conviction and excitement that it’s impossible not to be drawn in” (The Classic Review).
“A great artist, no question” (The Guardian)


Concert Program

Jake HEGGIE  “Music”, from The Breaking Waves (Sister Helen Prejean)
Henry PURCELL/Benjamin BRITTEN  Music for a while, from Oedipus, Z. 583, (John Dryden, Nathaniel Lee)

Franz SCHUBERT  An die Musik, D. 547 (Franz von Schober)
  Gretchen am Spinnrade, D. 118 (Johann W. von Goethe)
  Rastlose Liebe, D. 138 (Johann W. von Goethe)

Florence PRICE  We Have Tomorrow (Langston Hughes)
  The Poet and his Song (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
  Night (Louise C. Wallace)
  Hold Fast to Dreams (Langston Hughes)

Johannes BRAHMS  Unbewegte laue Luft (Georg Friedrich Daumer)
  Meine Liebe ist grün (Felix Schumann)
  Von ewiger Liebe (August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben)


What I Miss the Most…
  Order (Joyce DiDonato)
  Time (Patti LuPone)
  Action (Sister Helen Prejean)
  Music (Ruth Bader Ginsberg)
  You (Kathleen Kelly)

Of Gods and Cats (Gavin Dillard)
  In the Beginning
  Once Upon a Universe

Iconic Legacies (Gene Scheer)
  1. Eleanor Roosevelt: Marian Anderson’s Mink Coat
  2. Mary Todd Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln’s Hat
  3. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: White House Christmas Card, 1963
  4. Barbara Bush: The Muppets


Concert Sponsors

Spivey Hall Friends Concert Sponsors:

Michael Koch & Jo Koch

Spivey Hall gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our 2021-2022 Season Sponsors:

Audience Building Roundtable,
through The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Barney M. Franklin & Hugh W. Burke Charitable Fund,
through The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Richard C. Owens Charitable Foundation


Patron Information

All ticket holders are invited to join the Spivey Hall Friends for a post-concert reception with the artists in the lobby.

This concert welcomes patrons ages 12 and up.

This concert will be presented with a 40% capacity restriction.

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