“I feel like I’m doing a homecoming, but at the same time it’s my debut there,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
In her line of work, Barton travels often. She treasures being able to perform locally. Barton spent the past several months in New York, with a short stint in Australia, and recently performed at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera.
“[Performing there was] literally a dream come true. This was on my bucket list, both as a performer and in life. It was really incredible,” she said.
Barton, a mezzo-soprano, surpassed her wildest dreams in June when she won both the Singer of the World and Song prizes at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition — which opera singers refer to as “the Olympics of opera,” she said. She is the first woman to take home both prizes in the competition’s 30-year history.
“To be chosen in the first place to have one of the 20 spots that are available and to be able to represent your country is first and foremost a huge, huge honor,” Barton said.
“But then to walk away with both of the prizes — there aren’t words.”
Her accomplishments at the competition have advanced her career to a higher level. She said she has been receiving job offers and is looking forward to not having to compete or audition again.
“This really is the top prize that one can compete for in my field,” Barton said. “It really is very lucky that I no longer really have to do [auditions]. People know my name now and they’ve heard me sing now and they’re interested in hearing what I do, and so they show up at performances and hear me rather than hearing me in an audition room.”
Barton’s upcoming performance at Spivey Hall will include influences from her experience at the Cardiff competition.
“[The] music is based off of music that I took with me to Cardiff,” she said.
Barton’s Spivey Hall recital will start at 3 p.m. with a pre-concert talk by Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller at 2 p.m. Tickets are $46.