Kimberly Barber, mezzo-soprano




This Land premieres at NUMUS, May 2017

Kimberly Barber appears alongside TorQ Percussion Quartet and Ojibway (Anishinaabe) storyteller and narrator Rene Meshake in a newly commissioned work by Abigail Richardson-Schulte. Read more at>

Kimberly returns to Tapestry Opera in World Premiere of Oksana G.

Oksana G. - Tapestry Opera

Kimberly is thrilled to return to Tapestry to create the role of Aza in Aaron Gervais’ and Colleen Murphy’s new opera about human trafficking alongside colleagues Krisztina Szabò, Ambur Braid and James Westman.

About Kimberly Barber

This season sees Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber return to Toronto’s Tapestry Opera, creating the role of the fortuneteller Aza in the world premiere of Aaron Gervais and Colleen Murphy’s THE ENSLAVEMENT OF OKSANA G. Director Tom Diamond and conductor Jordan de Souza lead an all-star Canadian cast. Kimberly also appears 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.

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.

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Kim discusses ageism in opera in her first blog post: Who's afraid of the Aging Singer? Read it on



March 13-18, 2017
Winnipeg Music Festival
Chief Adjudicator

Saturday, March 25, 2017
1-3 pm
What Every Musician Needs To Know About The Body
Body Mapping workshop

Shingwaulk Auditorium,
Algoma University
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Registration and Details

Saturday, March 25, 2017
4-6 pm
Voice Master Class

Shingwaulk Auditorium,
Algoma University
Sault Ste. Marie, ON

April 1, 2017 | 2 pm
Guest soloist, Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Symphony Orchestra & Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Waterloo, ON

May 24, 26, 28, 30, 2017 | 8 pm
Aza, The Enslavement of Oksana G. (Gervais, Murphy)
Tapestry Opera

Imperial Oil Theatre, Toronto, ON

May 31, 2017 | 8 pm
This Land: with TorQ and harpist Angela Schwarzkopf
NUMUS, Registry Theatre, Kitchener, ON

June 24, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Gala Opening Concert,

Andover Educators International Conference
Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia USA

July 31 - August 8, 2017
Clinician and voice instructor
Academie de Fourvière
Lyon, France

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Teaching & Studio News

Kimberly Barber

Kimberly 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.

Winnipeg Music Festival

Kimberly’s second outing as adjudicator for the Winnipeg Music Festival was capped by a thrilling evening for her as a teacher—her former student Jayne Hammond was one of two runners-up in the coveted Rose Bowl competition, with winner Emma Johnson getting a special shout-out from Kimberly in the Winnipeg Free Press. Read more here >

Barber Studio student shout-outs:

Jamie Groote
Photo by Sarah Amelard

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.
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Jamie will also be a participant in the 2017 Houston Grand Opera Young Artist Vocal Academy (May) and a Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist with Central City Opera, Colorado, USA (July-August).

Jamie will pursue graduate studies at the University of Toronto under Wendy Nielsen beginning September 2017.

Jillian Bonner

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’ll also be on school tour with Saskatoon Opera this winter as the Dog in Dean Burry’s Bremen Town musicians and will sing 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.

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