Kimberly Barber made her Seattle Opera debut in the title role of Handel’s Xerxes in 1997. She returned here as Erika in Samuel Barber’s Vanessa, Suzuki in the Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (2002), and the Composer in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos (2004). In her native Canada, Barber appeared with the Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver and Edmonton Operas. Most recently, she sang Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking for Calgary Opera. For several seasons a leading singer with Frankfurt Opera, her Mozart roles there included Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, and Annio in La Clemenza di Tito. Other credits include Pauline in Prokofiev’s Gambler with English National Opera, the Composer with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Annio at Paris Opéra, and La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi in Japan under Seiji Ozawa. Barber made her New York City Opera debut as Nerone in Handel’s Agrippina. Other Handel roles in her repertoire include the title role of Handel’s Ariodante and the title role of Handel’s Rinaldo (her performance of the latter can be heard on the Naxo recording released in January 2006).