Kimberly Barber (Canada)

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Known for the expressive power, purity, and refinement of her voice, her elegance of phrasing and musical gesture, and the intelligence and intensity of her physical portrayals, Kimberly Barber enjoys a career that has taken her to the world’s major opera houses (Opéra de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, English National Opera, Canadian Opera Company, to name but a few). She is renowned for her interpretations of such roles as the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Xerxes, Ariodante, Annio (La clemenza di Tito), and Concepciòn (L’heure espagnole), and in the Canadian premiere of Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean, among many others. Her extensive discography includes releases on the CBC, Naxos, and Deutsche Grammophon labels. A passionate teacher as well as a performer, she has been on the voice faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2002.

Recently

Requiem – Mozart (Grand Philharmonic Choir); L’accordéoniste, Latin Heat (The Jazz Room, Waterloo); Soloist, An Evening of George Gershwin (Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony)

Upcoming

Naomi, Ruth (Tapestry New Opera), and workshop and world premiere productions

Opéra de Montréal

Company debut.