Kimberly Barber, mezzo-soprano



Kimberly sings Jazz! at Festival de l’AcadÉmie de FourviÈre in Lyon, France

Kimberly returned to Lyon for the festival August 2-6, 2018, concertizing with some of Europe’s most celebrated chamber musicians including a first turn with renowned jazz pianist Franck Avitabile and Jake Heggie songs with pianist Laetitia Bougnol and cellist Yannick Callier (formerly of the Quartet Debussy).

Kimberly performing with pianist Franck Avitabile.


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

About Kimberly Barber

This past 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, a production which garnered multiple Dora nominations, including Best Ensemble.

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

She returned to the Académie et Festival de Fourvière in August 2018 and will return to the Conservatoire de Lyon for a concert with jazz master pianist Franck Avitabile and master classes in November 2018. Kimberly will present a new program of Music of the Holocaust with pianist Anna Ronai and flutist Ulrike Anton in Vienna in December 2018, followed by repeat performances in Waterloo and Ottawa in January 2019.


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!


Winter 2019

Thursday, Jan 17
12 noon

Music at Noon - “Und der Regen rinnt”—Music of the Holocaust
with flutist Ulrike Anton and pianist Anna Ronai
Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

Friday, Jan 25
12 noon

Music of the Holocaust (as above)
Freiman Hall, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Friday, Jan 25

University of Ottawa Department of Music

Tuesday, Feb 5
10 am

Panelist: Roundtable Discussion “Is a mezzo-soprano a half soprano?”
Walter Hall,
University of Toronto

Saturday, March 2
1:30-3:30 pm

What Every Musician Needs To Know About The Body
ORMTA Sault Ste. Marie
Shingwaulk Auditorium,
Algoma University,
Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Sunday, March 3

Voice Master Class
Shingwaulk Auditorium,
Algoma University,
Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Saturday, March 9

Madame de la Haltière, Cendrillon (Massenet)
Opera Laurier
Theatre Auditorium,
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, ON

Details & Past Seasons on the Calendar Page >



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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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