September 16, 2015
Jamie Barton talked with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about staying grounded and juggling stage time between the Metropolitan Opera and the DeSoto Theatre in Rome, Georgia, this month.
It’s not often that the words “down-to-earth” and “opera star” are spoken in the same breath, but both terms fit mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton perfectly. The Rome native and Atlanta resident has kept her winningly level-headed and humble outlook, even as the past few years have brought her dazzling success.
“I feel like the same person, but I feel like the same person operating in a new set of circumstances,” said Barton in a phone call from Houston, where she was preparing for a recital with the renowned Ars Lyrica ensemble.
“I have my family and friends in Georgia as well as around the world who really help me stay grounded in terms of keeping calm and making good decisions. This career can be overwhelming in so many ways, and in the past year or two, it’s certainly had its overwhelming moments.”
That’s putting it mildly.