Today’s superlative-driven society inundates us with designations of distinction. From “Employee of the Month” to Time magazine’s “Person of the Year,” we love to laud the “most” and the “best.” Some boast of achievements like All-Region, All-State, and All-American.
But “Singer of the World”? That title is still hard for mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton to wrap her mind around after recently capturing the top prize from the BBC-sponsored vocal competition in Cardiff, Wales.
“Getting that title—for me, it was overwhelming,” Barton said during a phone interview from her Georgia home. “I’m actually sitting on my couch looking at the trophy right now, thinking, ‘I can’t believe that actually came home with me!’ We actually had to buy extra luggage for it.”
Barton also won the competition’s World Song Prize, becoming the first female in its 30-year history to win both awards, and only the second singer ever to do so.
Truly an international competition, the four other finalist...
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