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Kim Josephson, Baritone

One of opera's most admired baritones, Kim Josephson has appeared at The Metropolitan Opera where, since 1991, he has performed more than 250 performances of 29 roles including the title role in Rigoletto, Germont in La Traviata, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amore to name a few.  He has also appeared at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, most notably as Eddie Carbone in the world premiere of William Bolcom's A View from the Bridge and, from the standard repertoire, Rigoletto, Germont, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and Marcello in La Boheme.

Elsewhere in the United States, he has appeared with the Seattle Opera as Rigoletto, Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West, Minnesota Opera as Scarpia in Tosca, Washington National Opera as Eddie Carbone, Houston Grand Opera, Baltimore Opera, Cincinnati Opera (most recently as Renato), Fort Worth Opera in the title role of Verdi's Falstaff, Connecticut Opera, the Spoleto Festival, U.S.A., Sarasota Opera, and Tulsa Opera.  In Canada, he has appeared with the Vancouver Opera and Opera Hamilton. In Europe, he has appeared on the stage of Vienna State Opera as the Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, Germont, Enrico, Belcore, and Marcello.  He has also performed in Japan on tour with the Metropolitan Opera.

In recent seasons, he sang the High Priest in Samson et Dalila for the Pittsburgh Opera, returned to the Houston Grand Opera as Fred Jesson in the world premiere of Andre Previn's operatic adaptation of Brief Encounter, created the role of Billy Foster in Stephen Schwartz's new opera, Seance on a Wet Afternoono for Opera Santa Barbara, Eddie Carbone in the Italian  premiere of William Bolcom's A View from the Bridge at the Rome Opera, Billy Foster in Seance on a Wet Afternoon at the New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera as Mr. Kallenbach in Satyagraha, and the Tulsa Opera as Tony in The Most Happy Fella. This past season, he sang Eddie Carbone for Michigan Opera and created the role of Charles Rosen in The Classical Style for the Ojai Festival, and which he will perform in New York in December.

Mr. Josephson's interpretation of Eddie Carbone in the world premiere of A View from the Bridge is available on CD from New World Records. His performance of Fred Jesson in Previn's Brief Encounter was just released on CD by Deutsche Grammophon.  He has also appeared on television in four broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera, all available on video recording: La Fanciulla del West, Arabella, Carmen, and Billy Budd

Kim Josephson is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Houston where he earned B.M. and M.M. in applied voice.  In addition, he has studied voice with Franco Corelli, Louis Quilico, Michael Trimble and Jean Preston.  He is the recipient of many honors, including William Sullivan/George London Foundation Award, Baltimore Opera Vocal Competition, Enrico Caruso International Vocal Competition, Loren Zachary Foundation Award, Puccini Foundation Award, Bagby Foundation Award, Bruce Yarnell Award, Singer's Development Foundation Award, and a Richard Tucker Career Grant.

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