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).
check out Kim's first Schmopera blog post
Kimberly discusses ageism in opera in her first blog post: Who's afraid of the Aging Singer? Read it on Schmopera.com
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.
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.
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!
August 2 | 8 pm
August 5 | 7:30 pm
August 6 | 8 pm
September 13 | 12 noon
September 24 | 10-12 am
September 29-30 | 10-12 am
November 12 | 8 pm
November 13 | 10-5 pm
December 12 | 4:30 - 6pm
December 13 | 12 pm
Teaching & Studio News
Upcoming Masterclasses and Performances
Kimberly will give master classes and concerts in both Lyon (November 12-13 with Franck Avitabile) and Vienna (with pianist Anna Ronai and flutist Ulrike Anton, December 12-13), 2018
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.
Barber Studio student shout-outs:
Jamie Groote (BMus 2016, Op Dip 2017) wins 3rd prize at the COC Centre Stage Competition on November 1, 2018!
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River Guard (BMus 2017, OpDip 2018) participated in Banff Centre’s elite 21st Century Opera Program and Highlands Opera Studio in summer 2018. He continues studies as a Masters student at U of T in fall 2018, under the tutelage of Wendy Nielsen.
< River with Mike Fan in Opera Laurier’s The Tender Land 2018