Kimberly Barber, mezzo-soprano



On The Road: Barber Studio students & grads Perform

Photo by Nant Price
Mezzo-soprano Jamie Groote (BMus 2016) was runner-up in the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, and received rave reviews for her debut as Romeo in I Capuleti ei Montecchi at Opera NUOVA in June 2016. Read review here >

Tyler with a student in China
Bass-baritone Tyler Fitzgerald, who graduated from Kimberly Barber’s studio in 2012, was on tour in China in March 2016 as a member of Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, giving concerts and teaching master classes for aspiring singers. He also took his first bows as Scarpia in Germany at Rheinsberg Opera in July 2016



About Kimberly Barber

Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber this year celebrates 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. Performances in this anniversary year include Prince Orlofsky with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and a recital of her favourite songs on the Music at Noon Series at Wilfrid Laurier University with pianist Kathleen Lohrenz Gable. An artist who defies categorization, she 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) and Blitzstein’s Regina among many others.

Calgary Opera was the platform for her Canadian premiere performances as Sister Helen Préjean in Jake Heggie’s DEAD MAN WALKING and she became the first interpreter of this role to make the leap to another leading role in the same work when she embodied Mrs. De Rocher for Opéra de Montréal to rapturous reviews in March 2013. This production won the coveted OPUS Award for Musical Event of the Year 2012-13.

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.

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Kimberly Barber joins Penderecki String 4’tet for Mysterious Barricades

Kimberly was concert lead, MC and performed Respighi’s Il Tramonto with PSQ on September 10, 2016 as part of a nation-wide rolling concert for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Awareness. See the CTV News story below:

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July 22 & 23, 2016
Clinician and adjudicator
ORMTA Convention
Chatham, ON

August 15-20, 2016
Clinician and instructor
Cowtown Opera Academy
Calgary, AB

August 21, 2016, 9-4 pm
What Every Musician Needs To Know About The Body
NATS Calgary Chapter
University of Calgary

Fall 2016

September 5, 2016, 9-11 pm
Co-host, Women in Music
FM 98.5 CKWR
With host Tom Quick

September 10, 2016, 1 pm
Mysterious Barricades
Maureen Forrester Recital Hall
Waterloo, ON

September 16, 2016,  12 noon
Thirty Years of Song
Recital with pianist Kathleen Lohrenz Gable
University of Saskatchewan

September 16, 2016, 3-4:30 pm
Master Class: Body Mapping
University of Saskatchewan

September 23, 2016
10:30 am -12 noon
Master Class Facing your Fear: Solutions for Performance Anxiety
Wilfrid Laurier University,
Maureen Forrester Recital Hall

October 3, 9-11 pm
Co-host, Women in Music
FM 98.5 CKWR
With host Tom Quick

October 28-30,  2016
NATS Ottawa Chapter AuditionsChief Adjudicator

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Body Mapping in Chatham, Calgary and Saskatoon

Licensed Andover Educator Kimberly Barber has been in demand to teach the course What Every Musician Needs To Know About The Body across the country, both in its full 6-hour form and in shorter, one-hour segments. May 2016 saw her offer the full course through the Beckett School at the Laurier Conservatory of Music, which she will repeat in Calgary on August 21. One-hour offerings were presented in Chatham in July (ORMTA Conference) and will be on tap at U of Saskatchewan in September.

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