July 24, 2016
Mezzo Jamie Barton makes her Glimmerglass Festival debut as Elizabeth Proctor in Robert Ward's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Crucible, based on Arthur Miller's play about the 1692 Salem witch trials.
She joins baritone Brian Mulligan, tenor Jay Hunter Morris, and bass-baritone David Pittsinger, in a Francesca Zambello production helmed by Nicole Paeiment. Performances run through August 27, with tickets available on the Glimmerglass website.
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"The mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, whose voice is majestically plush yet somehow always articulate, even conversational, made much of Elizabeth’s hurt and dignity."
The New York Times
"Powerhouse mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is Elizabeth Proctor, the faithful wife wounded by her husband’s sole indiscretion. She sang gloriously, whether pathos or outrage."
"Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, as Elizabeth Proctor, has a sweeping scene in which she pledges devotion to her husband but also demands his faithfulness. As her voice leaps across the extremes of range and emotions, Barton remains solid as a rock."
Albany Times Union
“Jamie Barton and Brian Mulligan play Elizabeth and John Proctor, and they bring their seasoned powers to the opera. The two singers sing beautifully and their acting is so very truthful and heartbreaking they convince us that these two are worlds apart. In every musical phrase and pause they portray the moment-to-moment yearning of these two souls who cannot express their love or heal the brokenness of their dreams.”
DC Theatre Scene
“Glimmerglass cast it powerfully, with Brian Mulligan and Jamie Barton in redoubtable vocal form as the Proctors…”
"Ward’s portrait is built on incisive musical character development. Glimmerglass fielded a superb cast. Two powerhouse singers, Brian Mulligan and Jamie Barton, anchored the piece as the beleaguered John and Elizabeth Proctor.."
Wall Street Journal