Barbara is the fifth child out of seven in her family. However, as a Mantini Sister, she is the middle one, the shortest and the soprano of the group. Her dream of being a singer started at a very young age and was influenced by the music her older siblings would listen to. “We would spend hours playing 45’s and LP’s on our record player, singing along and making up choreography. It was wonderful!”
She started singing in a band at the age of 13 along with her sister Sandra. From there Barbara moved to appearing in community theatre which then led to a professional career in musical theatre. As a vocalist Barbara loves to sing anything from pop to opera. Her vocal training started at the age of 16 and studied with various teachers throughout the years, but it wasn’t until she studied opera with renowned bass-baritone Gary Reylea that her voice really started to soar.
On stage, Barbara has been a featured soprano with various symphony orchestras including Niagara Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also appeared in such roles as ‘Sister Mary Amnesia’ in “Nunsense”, Pitti-Sing’ in the “Mikado, and ‘Lucilla’ in “Anne of Green Gables”. Barbara enjoys voice over work and can be heard in the animations “The Busy World of Richard Scarry, "Marvin The Tap Dancing Horse", “Bad Dog”, “Rupert”, “Little Rosey”, and “Babar-The Movie”. She is also a voice instructor at Niagara College and an Artist Educator with Learning Through The Arts.
Barbara and her husband Dave, who is also a musician, are busy raising their two sons Robert and Andrew.
Barbara loves performing with her sisters Sandra and Ann and looks forward to many more wonderful years together as The Mantini Sisters.