It’s hard to find adjectives superlative enough to describe her voice: huge and sumptuous, but with such broad possibilities of color that the singer can chill the blood with just a glint of steel in the tone. Lurching, heaving and writhing nonstop, she looked as if she might any moment explode out of sheer malevolence.
debut solo album with pianist Brian Zeger
The Best Vocal Recital Disc of 2016
Barton's mezzo pours out like lava...
From her first entrance, Barton seized the audience with marvelous warmth and power, like the sudden introduction of a spine-stiffening rod.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Absolutely outstanding... the best vocal performance of the last two ASO seasons.
Barton's aria from Saint-Saens' Samson and Delilah was so moving that many in the glamorous audience were brought to tears...
This was highly emotional and yet beautifully restrained singing that really got beneath the skin of the music.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Barton's tone was flawless, the sound was effortless and she magically wove her way in and out of the orchestral colour in a way that I've seen very few singers pull off. It was breathtaking.
Toronto Summer Music Festival
The moment she opened her mouth, my jaw (figuratively) dropped. What a voice…a true force of nature.
As her voice leaps across the extremes of range and emotions, Barton remains solid as a rock.