THE DIVAS

BARBARA KING

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“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. 

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KATHLEEN MORRISON

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“Riveting” ~ Opera Canada

“She has the dual punch of sleek technique and beguiling flare”
        ~Prince George Citizen
 
“Powerful, Sexy, and Vocally Dominating” 
                 ~Pause Magazine
 
“A Highly Professional Voice” 
                ~ Kultur-Extra Berlin
"Morrison dealt with wonderful ease the longest vocal part, while also flirting with the audience.”                      ~ Neues Deutschland

“Riveting” (Opera Canada) is how Kathleen Morrison’s voice and performances have been described. Her career over the past 10 years has been based in Canada and Germany (primarily in Berlin), where she is known for her rich voice and dramatic portrayals. Previously singing the Dramatic Coloratura repertoire (Die Königin Der Nacht, Konstanze, Elettra), Kathleen has moved into the Full Lyric/Spinto repertoire (Violetta, Tosca). Highlights of Kathleen’s time in Germany include her debut with the Club-Theater Berlin in 2012 as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, performing for 2 seasons in the smash hit "Breakin' Mozart" in the historic Wintergarten Varieté Berlin, and numerous performances with the Kammeroper Kleinmachnow, where she was a roster singer. In November of 2014, Kathleen had the privilege of performing the role of Marzelline in Beethoven’s freedom opera, Fidelio, which was special because it was part of the official celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. In Canada, Kathleen has recently performed to great reviews the role of Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata.

She was the 2016 Classical Music Representative for Calgary's Year of Music. She performed the Canadian national anthem at the 10th Anniversary of the Canadian Embassy at Leipziger Platz in Berlin, is a laureate of the 2010 Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques under the Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20, recipient of the Vancouver Opera Guild Career Development Grant (2010), the Enid and Clem Memorial Scholarship (2007), 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, Prince George Citizen, and on the CBC Eyeopener in her hometown of Calgary, Alberta celebrating her operatic career. She enjoys performing with the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Civic Symphony, Mercury Opera, Cologne based Vagalume, the Calgary Concert Opera Company, and North Star Art; where in 2017 she toured 10 cities in China and sang for over 1 million people combined. 

Aside from her performance career, she also owns and runs the highly successful 'Voice by Kathleen' studio. Highlights of her singers successes include been cast in numerous productions by Theatre Calgary & Storybook Theatre, gained admittance into arts programs at Berklee College of Music, University of McGill, University of Toronto, University of Calgary, American School of Music & Dance, Broadway Dance Centre - ISVP Professional Semester, and performed for America's Got Talent. The 'Voice by Kathleen' studio coaches singers of all genres including classical, country, pop, rap, EDM, jazz and more. Kathleen is also an avid adjudicator and masterclass presenter, having worked with the University of Lethbridge, The Calgary Arts Academy, Prince George Opera Company, Alberta Music Education Foundation and more. Kathleen also co-foudned and is the Director of Vocal studies at the prestigious Renert School.

When she is not busy singing or coaching, she spends her time with her Grand Champion Trick Samoyed, Alfie. She is also a certified Trick Dog Trainer. Kathleen currently lives in Calgary, Alberta.