On Sunday, January 28, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and her accompanist Kathleen Kelly performed a powerful recital in the Bomhard Theater. The performance was part of an expanded partnership with the Speed Art Museum in which The Kentucky Center becomes the new “home” of the Speed Concert Series.
Ms. Barton’s recital featured works by female and male composers, challenging the audience with a unique blend of contemporary statements on the female experience and vocal pyrotechnics. She is a highly-acclaimed rising star, recipient of the Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills Artist Award (2017) and the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award (2015), and winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition (2013).
On Monday, January 29, Ms. Barton visited the University of Louisville School of Music to teach a masterclass for five vocal students covering works from Gustav Mahler to André Previn. In front of 80 peers and professors, the students received instruction on phrasing, legato, and learning more about the story behind the music, not just the literal translation. Ms. Barton said, “I say that I’m an opera singer, but that’s not my job; my job is storytelling. That’s all of our jobs as singers.” 30 University of Louisville vocal students also attended the Sunday performance.
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