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“The Met’s production, originally directed by John Copley, is still a hideous, confusing mess. But with Ms. Meade and Ms. Barton acting with moving subtlety, singing generously and feeling deeply, it was hard to care.” [New York Times]
Oh, just what La Cieca needed to make her day: another “don’t sing anything but teensy bits of Mozart until you’re at least 40″ cautionary tale. (And, what’s worse, it’s about Jamie Barton, an artist La Cieca really likes and admires, and who really has too much to offer to be told “don’t” so much.)
“An earlier version of this post referred incorrectly to the gender of the mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. Ms. Barton is a woman.”
American mezzo Jamie Barton, who has steadily been winning fans in the US over the past few years for her rich and nuanced singing, took the international opera world by storm last weekend by winning both the Song Prize as well as the overall prize in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.