Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber’s eclectic and varied career combines not only the standard repertoire sung on some of the great opera house and concert stages of the world for the last 30 years, but also contemporary and baroque works with smaller, experimental companies. She is a champion of the music of our time, frequently giving world and Canadian premieres of new music. Her operatic repertoire encompasses more than 40 roles, many of them from twentieth century or lesser-known works, and her concert repertoire stems from every genre. She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon CBC Records, Naxos and Dutton Classics in addition to her independent release l’accordéoniste, a disc of German and French cabaret songs with her eponymous ensemble. Her wide-ranging career in Europe, Asia and North America has embedded in her a sense of the international scope of the operatic profession; her years of experience as an operatic performer, concert, recital and recording artist, as well as the breadth of her pedagogical training qualify her ideally to train emerging vocal artists who hope to excel at an international level.
In demand as a guest lecturer, panellist, consultant and pedagogue, Kimberly Barber gives master classes and workshops around the world at universities, conservatories and Young Artist Programs. She adjudicates widely, and is frequently called upon to serve on advisory panels for the arts. In May 2005 she was the live colour commentator for CBC Radio’s coverage of the Montreal International Voice Competition. An Associate Professor of Voice at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2002, she acts as Administrative Coordinator for their Opera Program. Her research interests are centred on the Art of Practice, body-mapping and effective use of the body in vocal pedagogy, as well as the innovative use of e-portfolios in the voice studio to document and reinforce vocal development and effective practice. Now licensed as an Andover Educator®, she teaches Body Mapping to Musicians in workshop settings, privately, and as a cornerstone of her pedagogical model in the voice studio.