Kimberly Barber, mezzo-soprano



Barber Studio students & grads light up the stage

Photo by Michael Cooper
Barber Studio alumna Samantha Pickett on the stage of the Four Seasons Centre ...Read more


Soprano Midori Marsh, (3rd year in Kimberly’s WLU voice studio) won the 3rd year University Women Category (Ontario NATS Chapter Auditions, November 2015) and the 2016 WLU Concerto Competition. She joined  Guelph Symphony Orchestra as soloist for Mozart’s Requiem in March 2016.

Bass-baritone Tyler Fitzgerald, who graduated from Kimberly Barber’s studio in 2012, makes his European debut with Mainz Opera in February 2016. Read More

About Kimberly Barber

Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber this year celebrates 30 years of continued activity on international operatic and concert stages (Paris, Chicago, New York City, London, Rome, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Montreal, Seattle and Toronto are among her stomping grounds) in a diverse and eclectic repertoire. Performances in this anniversary year include Prince Orlofsky with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and a recital of her favourite songs on the Music at Noon Series at Wilfrid Laurier University with pianist Kathleen Lohrenz Gable. An artist who defies categorization, she is recognized for the verisimilitude, intensity and depth of her interpretations of Strauss’s Composer, Handel’s Xerxes (for which she was nominated for Toronto’s Dora Award as Best Singing Actress) and Blitzstein’s Regina among many others.

Calgary Opera was the platform for her Canadian premiere performances as Sister Helen Préjean in Jake Heggie’s DEAD MAN WALKING and she became the first interpreter of this role to make the leap to another leading role in the same work when she embodied Mrs. De Rocher for Opéra de Montréal to rapturous reviews in March 2013. This production won the coveted OPUS Award for Musical Event of the Year 2012-13.

She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, CBC Records, Teldec and Dutton Classics. Grounded in the traditional, but a champion of new music, she has performed numerous world and Canadian premieres, collaborating with musicians of all stripes.

More About Kimberly >

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In Memoriam: Patricia Kern

Kimberly Barber’s primary voice teacher and mentor from 1982-2006, renowned mezzo-soprano Patricia Kern passed away on October 19, 2015.

Read the full obituary in The Globe and Mail here, and in The Scotsman here.




March 1-5, 2016
Adjudicator, Voice
Winnipeg Music Festival
Winnipeg, MB

March 7, 2016, 9-11 pm
Co-host, Women in Music
FM 98.5 CKWR

With host Tom Quick and special guest Kathleen Lohrenz Gable

March 10, 2016, 12 noon
30 Years of Song!
With pianist Kathleen Lohrenz Gable Music at Noon
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, ON

April 4, 2016, 9-11 pm
Co-host, Women in Music
FM 98.5 CKWR

With host Tom Quick and special guest soprano Leslie Fagan

May 1, 2016
10-1 pm & 2-5 pm

WORKSHOP: What Every Musician Needs To Know About The Body
Room 510, Aird Building,
Wilfrid Laurier University

May 2, 2016, 9-11 pm
Co-host, Women in Music
FM 98.5 CKWR

With host Tom Quick

June 6, 2016, 9-11 pm
Co-host, Women in Music
FM 98.5 CKWR

Men (!) in music at Laurier
With host Tom Quick

July 22 & 23, 2016
Clinician and adjudicator
ORMTA Convention
Chatham, ON

August 11-20, 2016
Clinician and Voice Instructor

Cowtown Opera Academy
Calgary, AB

Details & Past Seasons on the Calendar Page >


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Grand Magazine Feature and article/CD review in IAWM Journal

Kimberly Barber was featured in Grand Magazine and adds to her published work with an article about Women in Music and a CD review in the International Alliance for Women in Music Journal

Read the Grand Magazine Feature.
Read the IAWM articles [pdf].
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Body Mapping Workshops through the Beckett School

Kimberly Barber is a newly licensed Andover Educator, and will be teaching the course What Every Musician Needs To Know About The Body, offered through the Beckett School at the Laurier Conservatory of Music on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

Read more about this Workshop
Register via The Beckett School


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