Kimberly Barber, mezzo-soprano



Kimberly returns to Tapestry Opera in World Premiere of Oksana G.

Photo: Dahila Katz

Kimberly returned to Tapestry Opera with rave reviews for her creation of the role of Asa in Aaron Gervais’ and Colleen Murphy’s sensational new opera about human trafficking alongside colleagues Krisztina Szabò, Natalya Gennadi and Keith Klassen. For reviews check out:; operaramblings

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Kimberly debuts at Festival de l’Académie de Fourvière in Lyon, France

Kimberly spent 10 wonderful days at this academy and festival in Lyon, concertizing with some of Europe’s most celebrated chamber musicians.

Kimberly with colleagues Laetitia Bougnol and Jessica Kay in the Grand Salon of Lyon’s Hotel de Ville

About Kimberly Barber

This season saw Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber return to Toronto’s Tapestry Opera, creating the role of the fortune teller Asa in the world premiere of Aaron Gervais and Colleen Murphy’s OKSANA G. Director Tom Diamond and conductor Jordan de Souza led an all-star Canadian cast. Kimberly also appeared with TorQ Percussion Quartet and harpist Angela Schwarzkopf in a newly commissioned work, THIS LAND, by composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte, to commemorate the Canadian sesquicentennial for NUMUS in Waterloo, Ontario in May 2017, followed by numerous performances at Lyon’s Académie et Festival de Fourvière in August 2017.

Kimberly 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.

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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Mysterious Barricades returns!

Kimberly curates and performs on Laurier’s iteration of this year’s Mysterious Barricades concerts, joining colleagues Anna Ronai, Penderecki String Quartet, Rene Meshake, the Goodhearted Women Singers and many others in this event to promote awareness and support for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health.

< This Land premieres at NUMUS, May 2017

Kimberly Barber appeared alongside TorQ Percussion Quartet and Ojibway (Anishinaabe) storyteller and narrator Rene Meshake in a newly commissioned work by Abigail Richardson-Schulte.

Maria Case’s Nightsongs (YouTube)

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Fall 2017

September 10, 2017 | 1:30 pm
Mysterious Barricades
Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Waterloo, ON

September 12, 2017 | 1:30 pm
Symposium presentation, CASP conference: "Arts-Based Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention: What do we know, where do we go?"
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute,
Toronto, ON

September 14, 2017 | 12 noon: Faculty Showcase
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, ON

September 25, 2017 | 10 am
What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body
Etobicoke ORMTA Chapter,
Christ Church, 1700 Mazo Cr., Mississauga, ON

October 14-15 | 2-4 pm
What Every Voice User Needs to Know About the Body
Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training, Waterloo, ON

October 21, 2017 | 9:00 am
What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body
Brantford ORMTA Chapter
Brantford, ON

October 26, 2017 | 12 noon
Music at Noon, Il Tramonto (with Penderecki String Quartet)
Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Waterloo, ON

November 3, 2017
Adjudicator: Classical Voice
Burlington Rotary Club Festival
Burlington, ON

Winter 2018

January 18, 2018 12 noon
Music at Noon: Songs Maureen Sang
with pianist Anna Ronai and violist Christine Vlajk
Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, WLU
Waterloo ON

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Teaching & Studio News

Summer teaching in Lyon

Kimberly taught this summer for the first time at Lyon’s Académie de Fourvière, an international music academy for vocal, piano and string chamber music.

Laurier students joined international colleagues onstage in the courtyard of the Conservatoire for the final concert.

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Barber takes on role of Associate Dean

Beginning July 1, 2017, Kimberly takes on the role of Associate Dean - External in Laurier’s Faculty of Music. Using her extensive network and Rolodex of international connections, Ms. Barber will be tasked with outreach and recruitment initiatives, as well as creating partnerships with other institutions and organizations both within and outside of academia.

check out Kim's first Schmopera blog post

Kim discusses ageism in opera in her first blog post: Who's afraid of the Aging Singer? Read it on

Barber Studio student shout-outs:

Jamie Groote
Photo by Sarah Amelard

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Groote (BMus 2016, Op Dip 2017) won 3rd prize in the Classical Singer Competition (University Division) held in Boston in May 2016.
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She was a 2017  Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist with Central City Opera, Colorado, USA and will perform the role of Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (alongside fellow Barber studio alum Sarah Amelard as Zerlina) as her first assignment as a Masters student at U of T in November 2017.

Jillian Bonner

Mezzo Jillian Bonner, recipient of a 2016 New Brunswick Arts Board grant, began studying privately with Kimberly Barber this past autumn, and was a recent winner of an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Tri-Cities Region.

She was on school tour with Saskatoon Opera this  past winter as the Dog in Dean Burry’s Bremen Town musicians and sang Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen at Opera NUOVA on full scholarship in June 2017. Jill will be a member of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artists Program 2017.

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