“An exquisite vocal command of a three octave range” ~ Opera By Request
“A Big, Rich Sound”~Musical Toronto
“Beautifully sung, displaying a powerful low register and a glorious top, dramatically convincing and emotionally riveting, hers was a truly memorable performance.” ~ William Shookhoff
After performing together in over 10 different operas, concerts, recitals, and charity endeavours over the past 5 years; Soprano Kathleen Morrison and Mezzo Soprano Barbara King joined forces to bring their distinct flair, love, and artistry of opera to the public. Sharing the same vision of making opera appealing and approachable for both expert and new comers alike, the two Divas have created a series of concerts that bring some of the most popular and loved duets and arias to stage. Through their relaxed approach to describing the music, personal performance anecdotes, maintaining an extremely high level of vocal technique, captivating the audience with their numerous costume changes and infectious stage presence; the Divas have breathed new life into the opera scene in Canada. It's impossible not to be taken in by the pure love these Divas have for opera and their joy of performing together!
From winning the Québec Provincial Gymnastics Championship on Floor to thrilling audiences with her “exquisite vocal command of a three octave range” and the possession of a “warm, agile mezzo-soprano voice”, Canadian mezzo soprano Barbara King is no stranger to the stage.
In 2018, Ms. King sang the role of Carmen with Opera Kelowna, was an Alumni Mentor with Opera NUOVA and sang as Flora in Manitoba Opera’s new production of La Traviata. In 2017, Barbara performed as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier with Opera by Request in Toronto, made her debut as a soloist with the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra and was pleased to return to sing with Edmonton Opera in their production of Elektra as The Confidante.
Barbara has had the pleasure of singing with Calgary Opera, Manitoba Opera, Edmonton Opera, Opera Kelowna, Opera Nuova, Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy, Mercury Opera, Opera by Request, Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy, Barrie’s Colours of Music Festival, Cowtown Opera, Calgary Concert Opera Company and Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra.
Barbara’s credits include Carmen (Carmen), Laura (La Gioconda), Dorabella (Cosí Fan Tutte), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Romeo (I Capuleti ed I Montecchi), Charlotte (Werther), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), The Third Lady (The Magic Flute), Frugola (Il tabarro), Olga (The Merry Widow), The Confidante (Elektra) and Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier).
International concert performances include Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall, New York), Felton Fleet Academy (Surrey, England), The Opera Institute of California (San Jose), Coesfeld Germany, and the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute in Montréal.
A native of Montréal, Québec, Barbara currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, where she and her husband founded
Calgary Concert Opera Company. www.calgaryconcertopera.com
Upcoming performance include the role of Dalila in Samson et Dalila with Opera by Request and CCOC in September 2019.
“Riveting” ~ Opera Canada
“She has the dual punch of sleek technique and beguiling flare”
~Prince George Citizen
“Powerful, Sexy, and Vocally Dominating”
“A Highly Professional Voice”
~ Kultur-Extra Berlin
"Morrison dealt with wonderful ease the longest vocal part, while also flirting with the audience.” ~ Neues Deutschland
In both Canada and Germany, Kathleen is best known for her rich voice and her dramatic portrayals. She recently debuted Violetta from Verdi's 'La Traviata' in both March and September of 2018, where Opera Canada called her 'riveting'. She has portrayed some of Mozart's beloved heroines: Die Königin der Nacht Die Zauberflöte “Powerful, sexy, and vocally dominating” (Pause Magazine), Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail “Especially beguiling.” (Berliner1 - Berliner Morgenpost), and Bastienne Bastien und Bastienne “Not only did she have a fantastic voice, with which she stood apart from her colleagues, but she plays her part convincingly with expressive facial expressions and gestures.” (Stadtrand Nachrichten).
Since 2012, Kathleen has been working professionally in Germany, primarily in Berlin. She made her debut with the Club-Theater Berlin, performed for 2 seasons in the smash hit "Breakin' Mozart" in the historic Wintergarten Varieté, where she sang both high flying arias of Mozart's Queen of the Night over 80 times in three years, and the Kammeroper Kleinmachnow. In November of 2014, Kathleen had the privilege of performing the role of Marzelline in Beethoven’s freedom opera, Fidelio, where “Through her darker vocal colour and more dramatic attack, Kathleen Morrison's Marzelline stood out as a more lyric, never soubrette, soprano.” (Live-Kritik). These performances were special because they was part of the official celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Kathleen is often singled out for her distinct vocal flair and rapport with the audience, “Morrison dealt with wonderful ease the longest vocal part, while also flirting with the audience.” (Neues Deutschland). She has performed as a featured soloist with the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburgisches Konzertorchester Eberswalde, Preussisches Kammerorchester, and the Berliner Oratorium Chor. She recently just returned from an extremely successful 10 city concert tour of China in November of 2017, where she performed for over a combined 1 million people. She is often featured with the Calgary Concert Opera Company in numerous of their performances for the Calgary and area.
Aside from her work on the operatic stage, Kathleen enjoys much success performing opera in unexpected ways. In 2016 she filmed a feature spot for the SING/TALK/PLAY webseries that profiles artists from Calgary. This project was in conjunction with Tourism Calgary, Nur Productions, and the Calgary Zoo. She performs often with Edmonton based Mercury Opera in their stagings of 'Fiamma: An Operascape', which brings opera "to the people in interesting venues". Their most recent triumphant performance was in the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa, Canada for a packed audience underneath the Plaza Bridge on the banks of the Rideau Canal. She has also performed the same show on the balcony of the Old City Hall in Calgary, Alberta. Kathleen also enjoys performing with Cologne based Street/Light Performers Vagalume. These outdoor performances blended dance, circus artists, creative light costumes, and opera and have been a highlight of the Berlin Festival of Lights.
Kathleen was the 2016 Classical Music Representative for Calgary's Year of Music in 2016. She has made history by being the very first full opera performance (with Barbara King) in the new Central Public Library Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall in 2019 and performed the Canadian national anthem at the 10th Anniversary of the Canadian Embassy at Leipziger Platz in Berlin. She is a laureate of the 2010 Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques under the Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20, and had the distinction of being the only singer selected from the West coast of Canada that year. She is the recipient of the Vancouver Opera Guild Career Development Grant (2010), the Enid and Clem Memorial Scholarship (2007), and also recently placed second in the 'Wettbewerb für Bel Canto Gesang' in Wernigerode, Germany (2012). Kathleen has also been featured in The Calgary Sun, The Calgary Herald, and on the CBC Eyeopener in her hometown of Calgary, Alberta celebrating her emerging operatic career.
Charity work is very important to Kathleen, and she donates her time and voice whenever she can. Some highlights include a recent performance with Mercury Opera in "A Great Ballroom of Fire" that raised nearly $19,000 for the residents of Fort McMurray after the city was ravaged by a wild fire, “Opera@ChicagoChophouse” with RowA Productions that raised over $14,000 for The Ability Society of Alberta, and a self produced concert, “An Evening of Opera” in 2013, where over two Tons of food, and a cash donation of $250.00 were donated to the Calgary Food Bank.
As a graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Kathleen also holds an Artist's Diploma in Opera from the Vancouver Academy of Music. In addition to her studies in Canada, Kathleen is an alumna of the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar (Weimar, Germany) where she sang for 2 seasons. She enjoys an active coaching/teaching schedule with her studio 'Voice by Kathleen' and is the house soprano/vocal coach for the Renert School in Calgary, Alberta.
Kathleen splits her time between Berlin, Germany and her hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her Samoyed, Alfio.