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Kimberly Barber

Canada, Ontario, Kitchener-Waterloo

Bachelor of Music in Performance
Opera Diploma
Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio artist 1985-87
Ensemble Member: Frankfurt Opera, 1989-94
Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, Dutton Classics, Telarc
Digital and CBC Records

Kimberly Barber

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 (Opéra de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Opéra de Marseille, ENO, Canadian Opera, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Wigmore and Weill Halls, and Avery Fisher Hall), 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 discography includes Ravel’s L’heure espagnole on Deutsche Grammophon under André Previn, arias by Handel and Hasse for CBC Records, the title role of Handel’s Rinaldo (Naxos), l’accordéoniste, a disc of German and French cabaret songs, and most recently, Le petit elfe (Florent Schmitt) for Dutton Classics.

She has been frequently heard in broadcast on CBC Radio, NPR, KING FM (Seattle), BBC Radio and SDR in Germany.

In demand as a guest lecturer, panelist, clinician, consultant and pedagogue, Kimberly has given master classes and workshops around the world at universities, conservatories and Young Artist Programs. A full Professor of Voice at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2018, she acts as administrative Coordinator for their Opera Program, instructing the opera class in acting and the creative process. As a Licensed Body Mapping Educator since 2015, Ms Barber has a long track record of incorporating elements of Alexander Technique, yoga and effective, anatomically sound use of the body in her pedagogy.

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