Kimberly Barber, mezzo-soprano

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Where, When, Who, About


Duo Recitals with Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano and Steven Blier, pianist

“How ‘bout those Mezzos” 2005, New York Festival of Song, Rafael Viñolys Studios, New York City, NY

“The Life of a Mezzo is ever so hard”
2003; Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

“[Barber’s] performance of ‘Hosing the Furniture’, with its volcanic rage simmering just beneath the comic surface, was a tour de force…one felt truly blessed to be, if only for a few hours, a Babe in Mezzoland.”
--Tamara Bernstein, National Post,
November 20, 2003


“Barber, performing with her friend and idol, displayed a voice with an uncanny resemblance to that of her mentor… the two divas didn’t just sing superbly, they acted, gestured, moved, used facial expressions and felt every nuance of the songs they were singing, conveying this to the audience and capturing every rapt listener with their musical storytelling.”
-Harry Currie, K-W Record, November 20, 2003

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Duruflé/Fauré Requiems


Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Rome, Italy 1998
Conductor Myung Whun Chung;
Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel

“The excellent Kimberly Barber transformed herself from the almost-white soprano register to the full-bodied vocalism of the mezzo-soprano.”
-Mya Tannenbaum, Il Corriere della sera, June 8, 1998

Dream of Gerontius (Edward Elgar) Role: The Angel


Elora Festival 2006
Conductor Noel Edison; Tenor Michael Colvin, Baritone Tyler Duncan

Richard Eaton Singers, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra 2005
Winspear Centre, Edmonton AB; Conductor Leonard Ratzlaff; Tenor Scot Weir, Bass-baritone Daniel Lichti

“Mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber gave an outstanding performance as the angel…[she] filled the hall with her operatic quality voice, her performance stood out for capturing the subtle nuances and phrasings of the intimate moments, which were often incredibly moving and transcendental.”
- Daniel Ariaratnam, K-W Record, July 16, 2007

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A few words about Chekhov (Dominick Argento) Role: Olga Knipper

Composer Dominick Argento

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (World Premiere of version for Chamber Orchestra) 2003;
Conductor Andreas Delfs
Baritone Håkan Hagegård

“What a shining night... a luminous tale of romantic marriage... Kimberly Barber’s rich mezzo-soprano filled Olga with the passion of a leading lady. Hagegård and Barber sang intricate rhythms and pitches that skipped all over the staff as if they were the simplest of tunes.”
-Joan Oliver Goldsmith, St. Paul Pioneer Press, March 24, 2003




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Latin Heat:

  • The Jazz Room, Waterloo ON 2013
  • Leith Festival, Leith ON 2012
  • Opera in Concert, Jane Mallett Theatre, Toronto ON, October 2011
  • Chamberfest, Ottawa ON 2011

Inaugural Concerts:

  • Canwest Cabaret Festival, Toronto 2009
  • Live at the Registry, Kitchener ON 2009
  • Chamberfest, Ottawa ON 2009
  • The Annex Live, Toronto 2009
  • The Black Hole Bistro, Waterloo  ON 2009

“Listening to her Noel Coward and Kurt Weill this afternoon, one would never have guessed that [Kimberly Barber’s] had a major career as a celebrated Xerxes, Rinaldo, Octavian and Composer. A versatile artist, Barber sings this material completely idiomatically, with all the right inflections, accents and great attention to the words and drama. A high mezzo for her whole career, the voice has darkened with maturity while retaining much of the gleam and richness...”
- Joseph So, La Scena Musicale, Oct 2, 2011

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Les nuits d’été (Hector Berlioz)


Orquesta Ciudad de Granada
Granada, Spain 1993,
Conductor Yves Abel

“Kimberly Barber, a mezzo with a beautiful voice, excellent phrasing and diction, with great sensitivity and capacity for expression. Her warm and evocative voice offered us text and music of great beauty.”
- Jose Antonio Lacarcel, Ideal, Granada, Nov. 11, 1993

Das Lied von der Erde (Gustav Mahler)


Das Lied von der Erde

NUMUS 2011, Waterloo (Maureen Forrester Recital Hall) and Toronto (Glenn Gould Studios); NUMUS Ensemble, Conductor Paul Pulford, Tenor Adam Luther

I Musici de Montréal 2001; Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Place des Arts, Montreal QC, Conductor Yuli Turofsky

National Ballet of Canada 1988

“Barber exuded zest and life’s fullest joy in the fourth movement Von der Schönheit (Of Beauty), her fabulously rich and expressive voice was a joy to hear.”
-Stephen Preece, Kitchener-Waterloo Record, October 10, 2011

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Mozart in Concert with Kathleen Brett, soprano

Cosi fan tutte

CBC Radio In Performance Series
COC Orchestra; Conductor Richard Bradshaw; Soprano Kathleen Brett;
Glenn Gould Studios, Toronto ON 2001

“Soprano Kathleen Brett and mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber, logical candidates for paired exposure, both blessed with near-ideal voices for Mozart… both singers produced firm, clear tones, phrased expressively and sang for emotional meaning…”
- William Littler, Toronto Star, Feb. 28, 2001

The Garden of the Heart (R. Murray Schafer)

Open Ears New Music Festival,
Opening Concert
Centre in the Square, Kitchener ON 2005; Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra; Conductor Simon Streatfield

“Barber’s beautiful voice floated above the accompaniment, entreating, pleading, reminiscing, every note pure and clear, pitch-perfect, no matter the sometimes difficult melodic line. The Schafer with Barber was without doubt the high point of this program.”
- Harry Currie, K-W Record, April 27, 2005

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String Quartet no. 2 (Arnold Schoenberg)

Penderecki String Quartet
Perimeter Institute,
Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas,
Waterloo ON 2005

“The movement also includes a soprano part with an ethereal text by Stefan George, performed exquisitely by mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber.”
- Daniel Ariaratnam, K-W Record, October 17, 2005