Kimberly Barber, mezzo-soprano



Dead Man Walking wins OPUS Award

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

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!

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Kimberly Barber distinguishes herself and gives this production its touch of humanity. A great lyric artist was revealed on the stage...”
-Daniel Turp, Le blogue lyrique, March 2013

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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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July 2014: Instructor
Bel Canto Voice Program (Munich, Germany)

(April 2014)
Recital and Workshop in Newfoundland POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW

March 27, 2014
5 pm

Concert: World Premiere by composer Glenn Buhr WLU, Waterloo, ON

January 12, 2014
2 pm

InterArts Matrix


November 23, 2013
Adjudicator: Rotary Burlington Music Festival

September 26, 2013
12 noon

Maurice Ravel Chamber Music: Music at Noon, (Waterloo)

August 2, 2013
8 pm
Concert, Neil Semer Vocal Institute (Germany)

July 10-31, 2013: Instructor: Bel Canto Summer Voice Program in Munich (Germany)

April 28-May 4, 2013
Naomi, RUTH
Workshop & Performances
May 3, 8 pm
May 4, 8 pm

March 5-18, 2013
Mrs. Patrick de Rocher, DEAD MAN WALKING
Opera de Montréal

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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



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 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:

Soprano Sarah Amelard as Gretel
in Opera Laurier’s Excerpts Program

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.


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