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The Carnegie Hall Notables Program Presents Mezzo-Soprano Jamie Barton and Pianist Kathleen Kelly

Exclusive Performance on December 14 by the Award-Winning Opera Star Followed by After-Party in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Terrace Room and Weill Music Room

Photo by Richard Termine

(New York, NY, November 5, 2018)—On Friday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m., the Carnegie Hall Notables—a membership and ticket program for music enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s—presents Jamie Barton in an exclusive concert in Zankel Hall for Notables members only. The concert features the award-winning mezzo-soprano alongside pianist Kathleen Kelly performing Lee Hoiby’s Bon Appétit!—a 20-minute operatic scene for mezzo-soprano and piano based on an actual Julia Child cooking show—with additional selections to be announced from the stage.

Following the concert, the Notables gather in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Terrace Room and Weill Music Room in the Resnick Education Wing for an after-party. Notables members at the Supporter level (annual contribution of $500) and higher receive complimentary admission for two to this exclusive special event. For more information, please contact the Notables office at 212-903-9734, notables@carnegiehall.org, or visit carnegiehall.org/notables.


About the Artists

Winner of the Beverly Sills Artist Award, Richard Tucker Award, and both Main and Song Prizes at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is described by The Guardian as “a great artist, no question, with an imperturbable steadiness of tone, and a nobility of utterance that invites comparison not so much with her contemporaries as with mid-20th century greats such as Kirsten Flagstad.”

Ms. Barton’s 2018–2019 season includes appearances as Azucena in Il trovatore at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Bayerische Staatsoper, a Renée Fleming Voices recital at the Kennedy Center, the Verdi Requiem at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and a role debut as Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking at Atlanta Opera. She returns to San Francisco Opera as Ježibaba in Rusalka, and brings her Fricka to the Metropolitan Opera’s Ring cycle, with a Met Live in HD performance of Die Walküre simulcast to cinemas in over seventy countries.

Praised by Gramophone as having “the sort of instrument you could listen to all day, in any sort of repertoire,” Ms. Barton has appeared with Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax at Tanglewood, and in recital at Carnegie Hall, Celebrity Series of Boston, and Wigmore Hall. She has sung Adalgisa in Norma at the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Houston Grand Opera; Eboli in Don Carlo at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Washington National Opera; Leonor in La favorite at Teatro Real Madrid; Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena at Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Fricka/Waltraute/2nd Norn in Wagner’s Ring cycle at Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera. Ms. Barton’s debut solo album, All Who Wander, featuring songs by Mahler, Dvorák, and Sibelius, was recently named winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award.

Kathleen Kelly enjoys a wide-ranging and dynamic musical life as a pianist, opera coach, conductor, and master teacher. The first woman and first American named director of musical studies at the Vienna State Opera, Ms. Kelly has notably been associated with The Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and San Francisco Opera.

Ms. Kelly joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2015 as the school’s first coach and conductor of opera, leading performances of Giulio CesareGianni SchicchiL’heure espagnoleCosì fan tutte, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Dinner at Eight. Since returning to the US, she has led performances of Le nozze di Figaro at Wolf Trap, the premiere of Emmerich Kálmán’s Arizona Lady at Arizona Opera, and Francesca Zambello’s critically acclaimed Ariadne auf Naxos at the Glimmerglass Festival. She also conducted the West Coast premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s A Coffin in Egypt, starring Frederica von Stade.

Ms. Kelly has performed as a recital pianist at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Vienna State Opera’s Mahler-Saal, New York City’s Neue Galerie, the Tucson Desert Song Festival, and numerous universities and colleges across the US. Recital partners have included Christine Goerke, Michael Kelly, Troy Cook, Amber Wagner, Susan Graham, Albina Shagimuratova, Valentina Naforni?a, Joyce DiDonato, and Thomas Hampson. Ms. Kelly has curated art-song series for the Vienna State Opera and Houston Grand Opera, and currently serves as artistic director of Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is also a writer, librettist, and arranger.

The Carnegie Hall Notables, a membership program for music enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s, is an exciting and energetic community of young people committed to advancing music education and the arts. Through original events, private performances with world-famous composers and musicians, and discounted ticket prices to music events throughout New York City, Notables members are invited to celebrate and intimately experience the exceptional power of music. Previous Notables events have featured such artists as Alec Baldwin, Renée Fleming, Henry Rollins, and Chris Thile. Members experience all types of music, including traditional and contemporary.

Contributions to the Notables program support the vital music education programs of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, which annually serves more than half a million children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area and across the US. For more information, visit carnegiehall.org/notables.


Program Information

Friday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Zankel Hall

Jamie Barton, Mezzo-Soprano
Kathleen Kelly, Piano

Program to include
HOIBY Bon Appétit!

This event is generously underwritten by Linda and Stuart Nelson.

Sponsored in part by Mastercard.

Champagne, Wine, and Spirits provided by Moët Hennessy USA. 


Ticket Information

Notables members at the Supporter level (annual contribution of $500) and higher receive complimentary admission for two to this membership event. For more information, please contact the Notables office at 212-903-9734 or notables@carnegiehall.org, or visit carnegiehall.org/notables. Artists and program are subject to change.


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