Kimberly returns to Tapestry Opera in World Premiere of Oksana G.
Kimberly returned to Tapestry Opera with rave reviews for her creation of the role of Asa in Aaron Gervais’ and Colleen Murphy’s sensational new opera about human trafficking alongside colleagues Krisztina Szabò, Natalya Gennadi and Keith Klassen. For reviews check out:
Kimberly debuts at Festival de l’Académie de Fourvière in Lyon, France
Kimberly spent 10 wonderful days at this academy and festival in Lyon, concertizing with some of Europe’s most celebrated chamber musicians.
About Kimberly Barber
This season saw Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber return to Toronto’s Tapestry Opera, creating the role of the fortune teller Asa in the world premiere of Aaron Gervais and Colleen Murphy’s OKSANA G. Director Tom Diamond and conductor Jordan de Souza led an all-star Canadian cast. Kimberly also appeared with TorQ Percussion Quartet and harpist Angela Schwarzkopf in a newly commissioned work, THIS LAND, by composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte, to commemorate the Canadian sesquicentennial for NUMUS in Waterloo, Ontario in May 2017, followed by numerous performances at Lyon’s Académie et Festival de Fourvière in August 2017.
Kimberly 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.
She brings an adventurous spirit to the voice and opera programs at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she has been on faculty since 2002.
Mysterious Barricades returns!
Kimberly curates and performs on Laurier’s iteration of this year’s Mysterious Barricades concerts, joining colleagues Anna Ronai, Penderecki String Quartet, Rene Meshake, the Goodhearted Women Singers and many others in this event to promote awareness and support for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health.
< This Land premieres at NUMUS, May 2017
May 24, 26, 28, 30, 2017 | 8 pm
May 31, 2017 |
June 4, 2017 | 2 pm
June 24, 2017 | 7:30 pm
July 6/8 2017 | 8 pm
July 31 - August 8, 2017
August 3, 2017 | 8 pm
August 4, 2017 | 8:30 pm
August 6, 2017 | 8:30 pm
August 7, 2017 | 8:30 pm
September 10, 2017 | 1:30 pm
September 12, 2017 | 1:30 pm
September 14, 2017 | 12 noon: Faculty Showcase
September 17, 2017 | 2:30 pm
September 25, 2017 | 10 am
October 14-15 | 2-4 pm
October 21, 2017 | 9:00 am
October 26, 2017 | 12 noon
Teaching & Studio News
Summer teaching in Lyon
Kimberly taught this summer for the first time at Lyon’s Académie de Fourvière, an international music academy for vocal, piano and string chamber music.
Barber takes on role of Associate Dean
Beginning July 1, 2017, Kimberly takes on the role of Associate Dean - External in Laurier’s Faculty of Music. Using her extensive network and Rolodex of international connections, Ms. Barber will be tasked with outreach and recruitment initiatives, as well as creating partnerships with other institutions and organizations both within and outside of academia.
check out Kim's first Schmopera blog post
Kim discusses ageism in opera in her first blog post: Who's afraid of the Aging Singer? Read it on Schmopera.com
Barber Studio student shout-outs:
Mezzo-soprano Jamie Groote (BMus 2016, Op Dip 2017) won 3rd prize in the Classical Singer Competition (University Division) held in Boston in May 2016.
She was a 2017 Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist with Central City Opera, Colorado, USA and will perform the role of Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (alongside fellow Barber studio alum Sarah Amelard as Zerlina) as her first assignment as a Masters student at U of T in November 2017.
Mezzo Jillian Bonner, recipient of a 2016 New Brunswick Arts Board grant, began studying privately with Kimberly Barber this past autumn, and was a recent winner of an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Tri-Cities Region.
She was on school tour with Saskatoon Opera this past winter as the Dog in Dean Burry’s Bremen Town musicians and sang Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen at Opera NUOVA on full scholarship in June 2017. Jill will be a member of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artists Program 2017.
Visit Jill's website at www.jillianbonner.net