Kimberly Barber, mezzo-soprano

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Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber recently celebrated 30 years of 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. Her return to Toronto’s Tapestry Opera in May 2017, creating the role of the fortune-teller Asa in the world premiere of OKSANA G, garnered rave reviews and a Dora Award nomination for Best Ensemble. Her newly commissioned work, THIS LAND (Abigail Richardson-Schulte), saw her join forces with TorQ Percussion Quartet, storyteller Rene Meshake and harpist Angela Schwarzkopf in a world premiere with NUMUS in Waterloo, Ontario (May 2017). Recent travels have taken her to Lyon, France and Vienna, Austria for concerts and master classes.

An artist who defies categorization, Kimberly Barber 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) Mrs. De Rocher in Heggie’s DEAD MAN WALKING (which won Montreal’s prestigious Award OPUS in 2013) and Blitzstein’s Regina among many others.  She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, CBC Records, Teldec and Dutton Classics. Ms. Barber is Professor of Voice at Wilfrid Laurier University (where she has been on faculty since 2002) and coordinates their Opera Program. In July 2017 she also assumed the role of Associate Dean, External for Laurier’s Faculty of Music. A strong advocate for the operatic art form and passionate about its future, she enjoys writing and presenting for novices and aficionados alike.

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