Kimberly Barber, mezzo-soprano



Kimberly returns to Festival de l’AcadÉmie de FourviÈre in Lyon, France this summer

Kimberly returns to Lyon once again for the academy beginning July 28, and performs at the festival August 1-4, 2019, concertizing with some of Europe’s most celebrated chamber musicians including a repeat turn with renowned jazz pianist Franck Avitabile and cellist Yannick Callier, as well as Barber songs with pianist Laetitia Bougnol at the opening concert in the rococo Grand Salon of Lyon's Hôtel de Ville.

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Kimberly performing with pianist Franck Avitabile.


Read her latest post here on the future of opera, Wherefore art thou, opera?

About Kimberly Barber

After last June’s trip to the Dora Awards as part of the nominated Best Ensemble for Aaron Gervais and Colleen Murphy’s world premiere production of OKSANA G for Tapestry Opera, Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber spent most of the past season concertizing in both Canada and Europe, with concerts in Lyon (with jazz pianist Franck Avitabile) and Vienna. The program performed in the latter venue, Und der Regen rinnt, featured both pianist Anna Ronai and flutist Ulrike Anton in Music of the Holocaust, and was repeated in both Waterloo and Ottawa early in 2019. An additional treat was a romp with her Opera Laurier students in March 2019 as the wicked Stepmother Mme. De la Haltière in Massenet’s masterpiece, Cendrillon. Teaching engagements took her to the University of Toronto, Conservatoire de Lyon, Sault Ste. Marie, Edmonton’s Opera Nuova and once again this summer, to the Académie de Fourvière in Lyon.

Cairan Ryan, Maria Soulis and Kimberly Barber at the Dora Awards ceremony


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.

She brings an adventurous spirit to the voice and opera programs at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she has been on faculty since 2002. Since July 2017 Kimberly Barber fulfils the role of Associate Dean: External, and in July 2018 was appointed to the rank of Full Professor.

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This Land Continues in Development

Kimberly Barber’s newly commissioned work ( Abigail Richardson-Schulte) with TorQ Percussion Quartet and Indigenous storyteller Rene Meshake continues to be further developed to add new elements: stay tuned to these pages for future performances!



May 6-24, 2019
Master Class and Voice Clinician,

Voice Lab, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

June 12-24, 2019
Voice Mentor and Body Mapping Clinician

Opera Nuova, Edmonton, AB

June 30-July 7, 2019
Body Mapping Clinician

Neil Semer Vocal Institute, Rigaud, QC

Wed, July 3, 2019
7:30 pm
Concert Lyrique

NSVI, Église Ste-Claire, Riviere-Beaudette, QC

Sat, July 6, 2019
7:30 pm

Concert Lyrique, NSVI, Église Ste-Madeleine, Rigaud, QC

July 28-Aug 5, 2019
Voice Clinician

Académie Internationale de Fourvière
Conservatoire de Lyon, Lyon, France

Wed, Aug 1, 2019
7:30 pm

Opening concert
Festival de Fourvière
Hôtel de Ville, Lyon, France

Sun, Aug 4, 2019
8 pm
Closing concert

Festival de Fourvière
Chateau LaCroix-Laval, Lyon, France

Tues, Sept 10, 2019
7 pm

Mysterious Barricades:
The Stories We Tell
Kitchener Public Library Theatre
Kitchener, Waterloo

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Teaching & Studio News

Barber Studio studentS - BREAKING NEWS:

Jamie Groote (BMus 2016, Op Dip 2017) won 3rd prize at the Canadian Opera Company (COC) Centre Stage Competition on November 1, 2018! COC has also just announced that Jamie will be a new member of their Ensemble Studio in the 2019-20 Season.

Dominie Boutin (BMus 2019)
won both her category (4th year College Women) and Most Promising Senior College Singer at Ontario NATS Vocal Showcase on November 17, 2018.

River Guard (BMus 2017, OpDip 2018) performs the role of Miles Zegner in Missy Mizzoli’s newly minted opera for Aspen Festival in July 2019.

Kimberly Barber

Upcoming Masterclasses and Performances

Kimberly joins a panel of colleagues at University of Toronto on February 5, 2019 to discuss the ins and outs of “Fach” for Sopranos and Mezzos. She’ll give master classes in Sault Ste. Marie on March 2 and 3, and join the students of Opera Laurier in a first turn as Mme. de la Haltière in Massenet’s Cendrillon on March 9, 2019

Kimberly Barber promoted to rank of Professor

As of July 1, 2018, Kimberly was promoted to the rank of Full Professor at Laurier, in recognition of her academic and professional achievements.


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