Kimberly Barber, mezzo-soprano



Kimberly Barber TAKES ON RADIO CO-host role!

Starting September 7, 2015, Kimberly will join host Tom Quick on the first Monday of each month from 9-11 pm EST for his popular radio show Women in Music on FM 98.5 CKWR. See the full press release here!

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Barber joins KWSO to celebrate their  70th and Laurier Faculty of Music’s 40th Anniversary

Kimberly will perform the role of Orlofsky in concert performances of Strauss’s iconic operetta Die Fledermaus in January 2016. For full details and tickets go to:

About Kimberly Barber

Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber’s 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 identifies her as 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.

In March of 2015, she reprised her world premiere performance of Canadian composer Veronica Krausas’ Midaregami/Tangled Hair with the Penderecki String Quartet at Waterloo’s Perimeter Institute.

A breaker of intellectual and musical boundaries, she brings an adventurous spirit to the voice and opera programs at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she has been on faculty since 2002.

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Fall 2015

September 7, 2015 9-11 pm
Co-host, Women in Music
Introducing Kimberly Barber
FM 98.5 CKWR
With host Tom Quick

September 18, 2015 10:30 am
What Every Singer Needs to Know…
Body Mapping workshop for Voice Family Master Class
Recital Hall, WLU

October 5, 2015, 9-11 pm
Co-host, Women in Music
Women in Music at Laurier
FM 98.5 CKWR
With host Tom Quick

November 2, 2015, 9-11 pm
Co-host, Women in Music
Canadian Songstresses
FM 98.5 CKWR
With host Tom Quick

November 13 & 14, 2105, 8 pm
Party Hearty! Opera Excerpts
Opera Laurier (as director)
Theatre Auditorium, WLU
Waterloo, ON

December 7, 2015, 9-11 pm
Co-host, Women in Music
Women in Music at Laurier 2
FM 98.5 CKWR
With host Tom Quick


January 15 & 16, 2016, 8 pm
Concert Performances
Die Fledermaus, with KWSO
Kitchener, ON

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

May 23-June 10, 2016
Instructor & Clinician
Art Song Intensive
Wilfrid Laurier University

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


Details & Past Seasons on the Calendar Page >


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L’accordÉoniste gives final performance

After 6 years of delighting audiences with their uncommon mix of French and German cabaret, Neapolitan songs, Latin standards and tangos, L’accordéoniste gave their final performance at the Newmarket Theatre to an enthusiastic crowd on March 8, 2015.  The group, which over the years had evolved to include percussionist Carol Bauman, played a series of programs at Waterloo’s Jazz Room and King St. Trio, Ottawa’s Chamber Fest, Toronto’s Jane Mallet Theatre, Canwest Cabaret Festival and The Annex Live, Leith Festival and Barrie’s Colours of Music Festival. We thank our loyal fans and the many presenters who championed our work. It was a fantastic ride!


Barber now a licensed Andover Educator!

As of September 1, 2015, Kimberly Barber is a licensed Andover Educator, teaching the course What Every Musician Needs To Know About The Body. The course is designed to help musicians alleviate strain, prevent injury and promote facility in performance and practice by providing information about the body and then directly applying that information to movement and playing or singing. Ms. Barber also teaches privately and works by appointment with Laurier music students.
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