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Steven Kimbrough has had parallel careers in opera, concert, and musical theater centered in Europe and the USA. His recordings of the art songs of Korngold, Zemlinsky, Kienzl, Marschner, and Weill have become classics. On this recording, the first collection of Christmas songs from Broadway shows, he demonstrates his love and talent for songs of American musical theater and film, which have been evidenced in his earlier recordings: This is the Life (Kurt Weill songs, ARABESQUE), Kurt Weill on Broadway (KOCH/SCHWANN), Classics from Hollywood to Broadway (KOCH-SCHWANN), and Korngold Hollywood Songbook (VMS Records).

For a number of years Kimbrough was leading baritone of the Bonn Opera Company and in other opera houses of Europe and has sung on the operatic, concert, and musical stages of North and South America, Asia, and Europe, including Barcelona, London, Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Rio de Janeiro. He has performed over forty leading roles in opera (including Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin) and over twenty roles in musical theater (including Kismet and South Pacific). Kimbrough has also starred in films on German and Austrian television, such as Man of La Mancha and Katherine and Potemkin, and been a guest star on numerous television shows.

He has had an equally distinguished career as a recording artist. Among his numerous recordings for EMI (Electrola), CBS (Columbia), KOCH/ SCHWANN, VMS RECORDS, CAPRICCIO, ARABESQUE, ACANTA/PILZ two CDs received nominations by Ovation magazine as “Best Vocal Record of the Year.”

Kimbrough has been described as “a remarkable singer, with a cultivated, easily flowing baritone of fine quality and a rare command of words and rhythms" (The New Yorker), and a “master of vocal art” (La Stampa, Rome). His voice has been praised as “magnificent” (Journal de Genève), “mellow, dramatic, elegant” (The New York Times), and “pure liquid gold” (The Birmingham Post Herald). Of his performance of Emile in the San Diego Civic Light Opera production of South Pacific, the reviewer for the San Diego Tribune wrote: “Kimbrough, speaking of marvelous voices, is an ideal Emile de Becque, romantically dashing, also a very skilled actor. And he belts his ballads right out of the bowl (the theater in Balboa Park).”

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