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). She joins  Guelph Symphony Orchestra as soloist for Mozart’s Requiem in March 2016.


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.

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Fall 2015

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
It’s my Party: Opera ExcerptsOpera 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 4, 2016, 9-11 pm
Co-host, Women in Music
Festive Women
FM 98.5 CKWR
With host Tom Quick

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

February 1, 2016, 9-11 pm
Co-host, Women in Music
Music for Black History Month
FM 98.5 CKWR
With host Tom Quick

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

March 10, 2016, 12 noon
30 Years of Song!
With pianist Kathleen Lohrenz 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 >


| Kimberly

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

Kimberly performs Orlofsky in Strauss’s iconic Die Fledermaus in January 2016. Details and tickets:

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.

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 in February & March 2016.
Read more about this Workshop

Barber Studio Alum Tyler Fitzgerald joins his mentor for concerts and makes European debut

Bass-baritone Tyler Fitzgerald, who graduated from Kimberly Barber’s studio in 2012, will join Kimberly Barber for concert performances of Die Fledermaus with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in January 2016 and makes his European debut with Mainz Opera in February 2016.


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