Kimberly Barber, mezzo-soprano



Kimberly Barber returns to the Grand Philharmonic Choir for Handel’s Messiah

Kimberly Barber will return to the Grand Philharmonic Choir as soloist for Handel’s Messiah at Centre-in-the-Square on December 6, 2014. For tickets and more info, see

Dead Man Walking wins OPUS Award

Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, featuring Kimberly Barber as Mrs. De Rocher, was named Musical Event of the Year (2012-2013) at the annual Gala announcing the winners of the Prix Opus, held January 26, 2014 at the Bourgie du Musée des beaux – arts de Montréal.

Kimberly as Mrs. De Rocher with her onstage family in Dead Man Walking, March 2013

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.

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. Her ensemble L'accordéoniste were featured artists with Toronto’s Opera in Concert, Ottawa’s Chamberfest, the Canwest Cabaret Festival and Waterloo’s Jazz Room. Recent concert performances include Mahler’s KINDERTOTENLIEDERwith Quintet Pentaèdre and DAS LIED VON DER ERDE with NUMUS at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studios. 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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May 24-June 14, 2015: Voice Instructor/ Clinician
Edmonton, AB

May 4-22, 2015: Voice Instructor/Clinician
WLU Voice Intensive
Waterloo, ON

March 20, 2015 | 7:30 pm
“Measures and Frames” with Penderecki String Quartet
Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas, Perimeter Institute
Waterloo, ON

March 8, 2015 | 2 pm
L’accordéoniste LATIN HEAT
Newmarket Theatre


December 6, 2014 | 7:30pm
Soloist, Messiah, Grand Philharmonic Choir/KWSO
Centre in the Square, Kitchener, ON

November 29, 2014 | 8pm
Stravinsky…Then and Now : Final Concert
(Director: opera scenes)
Theatre Auditorium, WLU

November 27, 2014 | 8pm
Stravinsky Then and Now Festival: Celebration of Voice
(Director: opera scenes)
Theatre Auditorium, WLU

November 27, 2014 | 12 noon
Stravinsky Then and Now Festival: Chamber Works
Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Waterloo, ON

November 21, 2014 | 8pm
Stravinsky Then and Now Festival: Stravinsky Celebrated!
Theatre Auditorium, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON
(Director: opera scenes) More info

November 15, 2014
Adjudicator, NATS Ontario Chapter Auditions, York University

October 4, 2015 | 8 pm
Art-Rock at the Button Factory
With the Glenn Buhr Band
Waterloo Community Arts Centre
Waterloo, ON

September 12, 2014 | 10:30 am
What Every Singer Needs To Know About The Body
Lecture Presentation
Maureen Forrester Recital Hall
Waterloo, ON

September 11, 2014 | 12 noon
Faculty Showcase Concert, Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Waterloo, ON

August 2, 2014 | 8 pm
Concert, Neil Semer Vocal Institute,

Ars Musica, Aub, Germany

July 15-29, 2014: Instructor
Bel Canto Voice Program Munich, Germany

March 27, 2014 | 5 pm
Concert: Improv Workshop performance of The Breathing Hole by WLU Writer-in-Residence Colleen Murphy
Alvin Woods Building, WLU
Waterloo, ON

January 12, 2014 | 2 pm
(Tim Brady/John Sobol);

InterArts Matrix; Presentation
WLU Room 221, Waterloo, ON


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Kimberly Barber joins Penderecki String Quartet for Concert

Canadian composer Veronika Krausas’ Midaregami (Tangled Hair) had its world premiere in 2007, featuring Kimberly Barber with WLU colleagues, the Penderecki String Quartet. These five artists join forces once again to present this fascinating work as part of “Measures and Frames”, a multimedia concert experience at the spectacular Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, ON.
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< The Penderecki String Quartet:
Christine Vlajk, Jeremy Bell, Jerzy Kaplanek, Katie Schlaijker



Amanda Smith
FAWN Artistic Director, Amanda Smith


Review of FAWN from Musical Toronto: 'Do it yourself' has been the mantra of Artistic Director Amanda Smith since she started FAWN Opera and New Music in the summer of 2012. The past two years have been busy for the indie-classical team on the rise - with three series events titled Synaesthesia, Connections, and their central focus: Opera.

Body Mapping
Photo: Bonnie Draina

Professional Development: Body Mapping for Musicians Training

Kimberly Barber is one step closer to accreditation as an Andover Educator, learning to teach Body Mapping for Musicians—designed to help musicians by providing information about the body and then directly applying that information to playing in order to alleviate strain, prevent injury and promote facility in performance and practice. She recently presented a Body Mapping workshop for WLU’s Voice students—What Every Singer Needs To Know About the Body.
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Barber Studio Student Alicia Gauvreau wins her class at NATS Auditions

2nd year student Alicia Gauvreau was the winner of the 2nd Year University Women’s class at this year’s NATS Ontario Chapter Auditions held at York University on November 15, 2014.

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