Kimberly Barber, mezzo-soprano


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  • 1985-87 Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio
  • 1985 Diploma in Operatic Performance, University of Toronto
  • 1983 Bachelor of Music in Performance—Voice (Honours), University of Toronto

Performance History (Highlights):

  • Mrs. Patrick de Rocher, Dead Man Walking (debut), Jake Heggie; Opéra de Montréal, Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Place des Arts, Montreal, QC; March 9, 12, 14, 16, 2013
  • An Evening with George Gershwin, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Centre in the Square, Kitchener, ON; January 25 and 26, 2013
  • Alto soloist, Requiem, Mozart, Grand Philharmonic Choir, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Kitchener, ON; October 28, 2012
  • Grandmother/ Caroline, The Auction (World Premiere), John Burge; Westben Festival, Campbellford, ON; June 30, July 1 & 2, 2012
  • Agatha, Crazy to Kill, John Beckwith; Toronto Masque Theatre; Enwave Theatre, Toronto, ON; November 12 & 13, 2011
  • Kindertotenlieder; Gustav Mahler; with Quintet Pentaèdre; Colours of Music Festival, Barrie, ON, September 29, 2011
  • Cecilia March, Little Women, Mark Adamo; Capitol Theatre, Salt Lake City, UT; March 12, 14, 16, 18 & 20 (matinee), 2011; Canadian premiere: Calgary Opera, Calgary, AB, January 30, February 3 and 5, 2010
  • Opera Briefs; Tapestry New Opera; Ernest Balmer Studio, Toronto, ON; September 23, 24 and 25, 2010
  • Recitals: Love before 1850/ Love after 1950; University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB; University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, February 2010
  • Ottavia, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Claudio Monteverdi; Opera Atelier; Elgin Theatre, Toronto, April 25, 26, 28, 29, May 1 and 2, 2009
  • Regina, Regina, Marc Blitzstein, (Canadian premiere), Pacific Opera Victoria, Victoria, BC; April 2008 (CBC Radio, Saturday Afternoon at the Opera)
  • Mezzo soloist, Midaregami (Tangled Hair), Veronika Krauzas, (World Premiere) with Penderecki String Quartet; Music Gallery, Toronto, March 10, 2007
  • Jessica, Frobisher (World Premiere), John Estacio; Calgary Opera; Jubilee Auditorium, January 27-February 3, 2007; broadcast on CBC Radio
  • Charlotte, Werther, Jules Massenet; Vancouver Opera (concert performance), Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC, October 14, 2006
  • Despina, Così fan tutte, Mozart; Seattle Opera, McCaw Hall, Seattle, WA, February 25, March 1, 4, 8, 11, 2006
    Sister Helen Préjean, Dead Man Walking (Canadian premiere), Jake Heggie; Calgary Opera; January 28-February 3, 2006 (CBC Radio, Sat. Afternoon at the Opera)
  • “How ’bout those Mezzos”: Benefit Concert for the New York Festival of Song, with Mezzo-Soprano Frederica von Stade New York, NY, December 16, 2004
  • La Ciesca, Gianni Schicchi, Giacomo Puccini;  Concepción (cover), L’Heure espagnole,  Maurice Ravel; Veroza Opera, Conductor Seiji Ozawa; Tokyo, Japan; 6 performances, April 2003
  • A Few Words about Chekhov, Dominick Argento (World Premiere—Orch.Version); March 2003; Raspberry Island Dreaming, Libby Larsen, (World Premiere), St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minneapolis, MN; September 2002
  • Nerone, Agrippina, Handel; New York City Opera (debut), New York, NY; April 2002
  • Das Lied von der Erde; I Musici de Montréal, Conductor Yuli Turofsky; Place des Arts, Montréal, Québec, December 2001
  • Annio, La Clemenza di Tito, W.A. Mozart; Opéra National de Paris, Palais Garnier, Paris, France; May-June 2001
  • Ariodante, Ariodante, G. F. Handel; Opéra National de Paris (debut), Palais Garnier; Les Musiciens du Louvre, Conductor Marc Minkowski, March 2001
  • Xerxes, Xerxes, G.F. Handel; Canadian Opera Company; January, 1999;Seattle Opera (debut), February 1997
  • Erika, Vanessa, Samuel Barber; Seattle Opera, Conductor Yves Abel; January 1999
  • Mezzo Soloist, Pulcinella, Igor Stravinsky; Mostly Mozart Festival, Conductor Gerard Schwarz, Avery Fisher Hall, New York, NY; July 1999
  • Mezzo Soloist, Requiem, Maurice Duruflé / Gabriel Fauré; Conductor, Myung-Wung Chung, Bass-Baritone Bryn Terfel; Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, Italy; May 1998
  • Componist, Ariadne auf Naxos, Richard Strauss; Seattle Opera, March 2004; Lyric Opera of Chicago, 1998; Oper Frankfurt, Conductor Stefan Soltesz, Soprano Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Tenor Ben Heppner (revival 1992 & 94); Conductor Richard Armstrong, Director Peter Mussbach (premiere 1990); Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf 1990
  • Recitals: New York Festival of Song; "Modern Scenes from American Life" 1996; Wigmore Hall, London/Greenwich House, New York, NY, 1993; “Mothers, Sisters and Daughters", Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, 1995


  • Florent Schmitt: Music for two pianos (Le petit elfe); Pianists Leslie De’Ath and Anya Alexeyev; Dutton Classics, 2011
  • L’accordéoniste; Producer Michael Donovan; Ed Marshall, recording engineer; 2009
  • Rinaldo, Rinaldo, G. F. Handel; Aradia Ensemble, Conductor Kevin Mallon; Naxos Records; Producers Bonnie and Norbert Kraft; 2006
  • “Faustina Bordoni: Faces of a Prima Donna”; Ensemble Arion; CBC Records, Producer Richard Lavallée; 2005
  • Concepciòn, L’Heure espagnole, Maurice Ravel; London Symphony Orchestra, Conductor André Previn; Deutsche Grammophon, Producer Christian Gansch, 1999
  • American (Day) Dreams, “100 Greatest Dance Hits”; Aaron Jay Kernis, Conductor Michael Barrett; New Albion Records, Producer Karen Chester, 1995

Academic Employment history: 2002-Present

  • Associate Professor (promotion July 2008), Voice, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON
  • July 2007 – present, Administrative Coordinator of Opera Program, WLU
  • July 2004 –2008, Coordinator of Voice Program, WLU

Awards, Grants and Honours:


  • Special Initiatives Fund Grant, WLU (Ruth: Tapestry New Opera partnership)
  • Merit Award, WLU


  • Nominee, Mentor Award, Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Awards


  • Centennial Steering Committee Grant for Gala Concert event; Wilfrid Laurier University


  • CD Production Grant for L’accordéoniste: Waterloo Region ArtsFund
  • Special Initiatives Fund Grant (Maureen Forrester Archive), Wilfrid Laurier University


  • Merit Award, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • CD Production Grant, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Wilfrid Laurier University


  • Course Remission Grant, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Wilfrid Laurier University


  • Merit Award, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Honouree, Canadian Who’s Who


  • Nominee, Dora Mavor Moore Award, Best Actress in a Musical Performance, for Xerxes, Canadian Opera Company, 1999


  • Career Development Grant, Canada Council for the Arts


  • District Winner, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Mentorship Activities:

  • Master classes: Université de Montréal, 2013; Glenn Gould Professional School, Toronto; 2012, 2002; Utah Opera; Salt Lake City, UT, 2011; Elora Festival Academy, 2010, 2009; Canadian Operatic Arts Academy; London, ON; 2010, 2009; Mount Royal College; University of Manitoba, 2010, 2007; University of Alberta, 2010; Calgary Opera Emerging Artists Program; 2010/7; Wednesday Masters: Mezzo Voices, Pacific Opera Victoria, 2008; Handel’s Ariodante, University of Toronto Opera Division, 2008
  • Voice Instructor, Artist-in-Residence: Bel Canto Opera Studio, Munich, Germany, July 2013; Opera Nuova, Edmonton, AB; May-June, 2012, 2010, 2007
  • Clinician: Know Your Voice Symposium, Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir, 2011
  • Voice Workshop for Teachers: Arcadia Academy of Music, Vaughan, ON; 2011
  • Festival Adjudication: Burlington Rotary Club Festival 2013; Kiwanis Festival London, ON 2011; Vancouver Women’s Musical Society Voice Competition, 2010; Schubert Club Competition, Saint Paul, MN, 2007; Adjudicator (Panel Chair) for Conservatory Canada Competition, London, ON, 2005; Arcadia Academy of Music, Vaughan, ON; 2011, 2009
  • Best Voice Forward: A Voice Audition Workshop; Waterloo, 2010
  • Call me Mister: Defining the Trouser Role; Master Class for Victoria NATS Chapter, Victoria, BC, 2006 and Vancouver Opera  Guild 2005
  • Workshop for Vancouver Opera Chorus Endowment (VOCE) “Finding your Individual Voice”, Vancouver, BC, 2005

Administrative Duties:

As Faculty Member, Faculty of Music, Wilfred Laurier University (WLU)

  • Membership on Performance Curriculum, Recruitment, Maureen Forrester Archival Collection, Scholarship and Voice (ad hoc) Committees
  • Member, Planning Task Force, IRPM, 2013
  • Member, Search Committee for Dean of Faculty of Music, 2009-10
  • Member, Our Community, Our Laurier Fundraising Campaign, 2005-8

As Administrative Coordinator of WLU’s Opera Program Since 2006

  • Rehearsal scheduling
  • recruitment of personnel, casting of productions, student/faculty consultation
  • Chair of marketing and publicity committees and production team
  • Liaise between production team, administrative personnel, students and faculty

As Coordinator of WLU Voice from 2005 - 2009

  • Chair of Voice Retreats and voice faculty meetings
  •  Coordination of guest Master Classes with Professor Emeritus Victor Martens, Linda di Fiore, Sir Thomas Allen, Frederica von Stade, John Tessier and others
  • Coordination and participation in Annual Voice Days for Instructors and prospective students
  • Selection of vocal personnel for Convocations and University events
  • Coordination and supervision annual opera field trip for 40 music students to Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto

Professional Leadership:

  • Canadian Actor's Equity Opera Advisory Committee 2013
  • Co-ordination of NATS Ontario Chapter Auditions at Wilfrid Laurier University, November 22, 2008
  • Panellist and moderator for’s Emerging Artists Workshop, Walter Hall, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, January 2008
  • Adjudicator for NATS Ontario Chapter Auditions, November 2012; 2005
  • Panellist at NATS Ontario Chapter Seminar, Toronto, September 25, 2005
  • Panel member, Ontario Arts Council Advisory Board, April 1, 2005
  • Peer Advisor & Panel Member, Canada Council for the Arts: Grants for Young Musicians, 2013, 2010, 2005 
  • Panellist, Ontario Arts Council, Opera Assessment Panel, April 2004
  • Panel member, Ontario Arts Council Advisory Board, March 29, 2004
  • Advisor in program creation for young singers symposium as part of the conference, January 2004


  • National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
  • American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)
  • Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)
  • Canadian Actor’s Equity Association (CAEA)