Jamie Barton, Mezzo-Soprano
Kathleen Kelly, Piano

Friday, January 26, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Memorial Hall
1225 Elm Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Matinée Musicale’s First-Ever Evening Recital

Recently honored with the 2017 Beverly Sills Artist Award by the Metropolitan Opera, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is also the winner of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award, both Main and Song Prizes at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

In the 2017/18 season, Ms. Barton appears in recital with Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, debuts at the Teatro Real Madrid as Leonor in La favorite, and returns to many of America’s most-loved opera houses. She sings Adalgisa in Norma at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and Houston Grand Opera, Eboli in Don Carlo at Washington National Opera, and Fricka, Waltraute/2nd Norn in her first complete Ring cycle at San Francisco Opera. Orchestral debuts include Handel’s Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra, and Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra in Finland. Following a Verdi Requiem with her hometown orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Jamie embarks on a recital tour with pianist Kathleen Kelly, including the world premiere of Iain Bell’s Of You, commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

Last season, Ms. Barton released her debut solo album, All Who Wander, featuring songs by Mahler, Dvorak, and Sibelius. She returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Fenena in Nabucco and Jezibaba in a new production of Rusalka, both simulcast in cinemas worldwide, and to Houston Grand Opera as Waltraute/2nd Norn in Götterdämmerung. She also made her Deutsche Oper Berlin debut as Princess Eboli in Don Carlo, and debuted with the New York Philharmonic as Fricka in Das Rheingold. Other recent concert engagements include a debut at Wigmore Hall and returns to the symphony orchestras of Toronto and Iceland, as well as the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s The Work at Hand at Carnegie Hall and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

The winner of the 2014 International Opera Award in the Young Singer category and the 2014 Marian Anderson Award, Ms. Barton’s recent operatic performances include Adalgisa (Norma) at the Met, Los Angeles Opera, and San Francisco Opera, Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena) at the Met and Lyric Opera of Chicago, Fricka (Das Rheingold, Die Walküre) at Houston Grand Opera, Waltraute/2nd Norn at Washington National Opera, Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) at Oper Frankfurt, and Fenena at Seattle Opera and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Future seasons include returns to San Francisco Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera.

Ms. Barton has appeared in recital across the U.S. and U.K., including performances with Ann Arbor’s University Musical Society, Baylor Distinguished Artist Series, Carnegie Hall, East Alabama Arts, Princeton University Concerts, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Welsh College, San Francisco Performances, Seattle Opera’s Wagner and More, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Tucson Desert Song Festival, and Vocal Arts DC. In the 2017/18 season, she appears at Carnegie Hall, Celebrity Series of Boston, Matinée Musicale Cincinnati, and in venues in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina.

Kathleen Kelly enjoys a wide-ranging and dynamic musical life as a pianist, opera coach, conductor, and master teacher. The first woman and first American named as Director of Musical Studies at the Vienna State Opera, Ms. Kelly has been notably associated with the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and the San Francisco Opera. She joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2015 as that school’s first Coach/Conductor of Opera, leading performances of Giulio Cesare, Gianni Schicchi, L’heure espagnole, Così fan tutte, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Dinner At Eight. Since returning to the US, Ms. Kelly has led performances of Le nozze di Figaro at Wolf Trap, the premiere of Emmerich Kálmán’s Arizona Lady at Arizona Opera, and Francesca Zambello’s critically acclaimed Ariadne on Naxos at the Glimmerglass Festival. She also conducted the West Coast premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s A Coffin in Egypt, starring Frederica von Stade.

In the 2017-18 season, Ms. Kelly joins mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton in recital on a six-city US tour. She leads performances of Hänsel and Gretel for El Paso Opera, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field for Detroit Chamber Winds, and returns to the Merola Program where she trained as an apprentice coach to conduct the Schwabacher Concerts for their 60th Anniversary Season. She is a guest coach this season at Michigan Opera Theater, the Lyric Opera of Chiacago’s Ryan Opera Center, Opera McGill, and the Houston Grand Opera Studio.

Ms. Kelly has performed internationally as a recital pianist: at Weill Hall, the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center, Vienna’s Musikverein, in the Mahlersaal of the Vienna State Opera, Manhattan’s Neue Galerie, on the Schwabacher Series in San Francisco, at the Tucson Desert Song Festival, and at numerous universities and colleges across the United States. Recital partners have included Jamie Barton, Christine Goerke, Michael Kelly, Troy Cook, Amber Wagner, Susan Graham, Albina Shagimuratova, Valentina Naforniță, Joyce DiDonato, and Thomas Hampson. She has curated art song series for the Houston Grand Opera and the Vienna State Opera, and currently is artistic director of the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is also a writer, librettist, and arranger.


Heather……………………..Elinor Remick Warren

Attente………………………Lili Boulanger

Ah, love but a day! ………….Amy Beach

S’il arrive jamais……………..Nadia Boulanger

Arianna a Naxos…………….Joseph Haydn


Of You………………………………………….Iain Bell

  1. in the rain
  2. your little voice
  3. Lady, I will touch you with my mind
  4. my naked lady framed
  5. i like my body when it is with your
  6. consider O

Excerpts from Love After 1950 ………….Libby Larsen

  1. Boy’s Lips
  2. Big Sister Says, 1967
  3. The Empty Song

Chanson à boire…………………………….Maurice Ravel

Phidylé……………………………………….Henri Duparc

Cäcilie……………………………………….Richard Strauss

***Program subject to change***

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Jamie Barton, Mezzo-Soprano

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