Dead Man Walking wins OPUS Award
Opera de Montréal's Dead Man Walking (Jake Heggie) won Musical Event of the Year (2012-13) at the Prix Opus awards in January 2014! Congratulations to all!
More details at: cqm.netedit.info/1162/Laureats.html
“Kimberly Barber distinguishes herself and gives this production its touch of humanity. A great lyric artist was revealed on the stage...”
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.
July 2014: Instructor
March 27, 2014
January 12, 2014
November 23, 2013
September 26, 2013
August 2, 2013
July 10-31, 2013: Instructor: Bel Canto Summer Voice Program in Munich (Germany)
April 28-May 4, 2013
March 5-18, 2013
Barber Creates Diva Emma Albani for Interarts Matrix
Kimberly Barber created the role of Canadian opera diva Emma Albani in Tim Brady and John Sobol's new opera, The Record Player in a workshop performance with Inter Arts Matrix in Waterloo on January 12, 2014
KIMBERLY BARBER MAKES NEWFOUNDLAND RECITAL DEBUT
With pianist Peter Tiefenbach, Kimberly will introduce her program Kooky Kabarettists, Loco Latinos and Femme Fatales to The Rock in April as part of the Opera on the Avalon Concert Series (see Calendar for details).
Professional Development: Body Mapping for Musicians Training
Kimberly Barber is currently an Andover Educator Trainee, 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. For more info visit: bodymap.org
Barber Studio Students win 2014 WLU Concerto Competition
Kimberly Barber’s students, soprano Sarah Amelard (BMus 2015) and mezzo Jamie Groote (BMus 2016) were winners of the 2014 Concerto Competition at Wilfrid Laurier University. They will perform “Sous le dôme épais” from Délibes’ Lakmé with the WLU orchestra in 2014-15.