Friday, June 15, 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018
JAMIE BARTON: 2018 TIER I MASTER TEACHER
JTVA is honored to have American mezzo Jamie Barton participate in the 2018 competition as the master class teacher for the Tier I finalists. Praised by Gramophone as having “the sort of instrument you could listen to all day, in any sort of repertoire,” Ms. Barton has appeared in recital across the U.S. and U.K., and has been 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-20th century greats such as Kirsten Flagstad.”
Barton’s numerous honors include the 2017 Beverly Sills Artist Award, the 2015 Richard Tucker Award, the 2014 International Opera Award in the Young Singer category, the 2014 Marian Anderson Award, the Main and Song Prizes at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and grand prize winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She received a Grammy nomination for Best Opera Recording (Hasse: Marc' Antonio E Cleopatra) in 2010.
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. Last season Ms. Barton also released her debut solo album, All Who Wander, featuring songs by Mahler, Dvorak, and Sibelius.
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, and 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. Future seasons include returns to San Francisco Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera.
MICHAEL HIX: 2018 TIER II MASTER TEACHER
This year’s teacher for the Tier II master class will be baritone Michael Hix. Hix has been praised by critics for his "expressive voice" and "commanding stage presence.” He is a sought after performer of concert and orchestral works with over 50 oratorio, cantata, and concert roles in his repertoire, having been featured in concert performances at Tanglewood Music Center, Oregon Bach Festival, Arizona Bach Festival, International Haydn Festival, and the Boston Pops. Past concert and oratorio solo engagements have included Mendelssohn’s Elijah, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, B Minor Mass, Magnificat, Weihnachts-Oratorium, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ Requiem, Fauré's Requiem, Haydn's Creation, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, Hodie and Five Mystical Songs and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Des Knaben Wunderhorn.
Included among his over 20 stage roles are Falke in Die Fledermaus, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Noye in Noye's Fludde, the Drunken Poet in The Fairy Queen, Grosvenor in Patience, Lord Mountararat in Iolanthe, Germont in La Traviata, Don Alfonso in Cosí fan tutte, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, and Bertouf in the world premiere of A Friend of Napoleon by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Robert Ward. He has sung with at Amherst Early Music Festival, Opera Birmingham, Ohio Light Opera, Ashlawn-Highland Opera, and Greenville Light Opera Works among others.
Dr. Hix holds degrees in music theory, historical musicology, and voice performance. He is the Coordinator of Vocal Studies, and the Associate Chair of the Department of Music at the University of New Mexico. His students have enjoyed great success over the years appearing in opera, musical theatre, and concert performances across the United States and abroad.