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Kim Josephson

Kim Josephson

Professor of Music (Voice)

Office: Carpenter Hall 305
Phone: (405) 325-2039

Mr. Kim Josephson is hailed as one of opera's most versatile baritones and a regular guest of leading opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera where, since 1991, he has performed more than 250 performances of 29 roles including, most notably, the title role in Rigoletto, Germont in La Traviata, Marcello in La Boheme, 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, Marcello, and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly.

Elsewhere in the United States, he has appeared with the Seattle Opera as Rigoletto, Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West, Houston Grand Opera, Baltimore Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Connecticut Opera, and Spoleto Festival U.S.A., Sarasota Opera, and Tulsa Opera. In Canada, he has graced the stages of Vancouver Opera and Opera Hamilton. In Europe, he has appeared on the stage of Vienna State Opera as Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, Germont, Enrico, Belcore, and Marcello. He has also performed in Japan and in Germany on tour with the Metropolitan Opera.

Though much in demand for the classic repertoire, Mr. Josephson is a passionate advocate for new music. He recently created the role of Fred Jesson in the World Premiere of Andre Previn's Brief Encounter with Houston Grand Opera available on Deutsche Grammophon and created the role of Billy Foster in Stephen Schwartz's Seance On A Wet Afternoon with Opera Santa Barbara.

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. 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, Babgy Foundation Award, Bruce Yarnell Award, Singer's Development Foundation Award, and a Richard Tucker Career Grant.

  • MM (Applied Voice) - University of Houston
  • BM (Applied Voice) - University of Houston