S T Kimbrough, Jr. as Charles Wesley Home Up

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About Steven Kimbrough's Production of Sweet Singer

About Steven Kimbrough's Opera and Concert Performances
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“At Carnegie Hall in New York City Steven Kimbrough, a gifted artist of prodigious memory, fine vocal talent, and exceptional acting ability, captivated his audience with his vocal renditions of Charles Wesley through spoken word and song.”

 News Day

“An internationally respected singer, Kimbrough has netted considerable praise with his performances of the piece since it opened at Carnegie Hall in 1985.  It’s easy to understand the accolades.  Kimbrough is a talented baritone whose obvious technical ability was enhanced last night by equally obvious spiritual inspiration.”

The Orange County Register (Los Angeles, CA)

“And for a while Charles Wesley lived once more.  Steven Kimbrough brings Charles Wesley to life.”

Birmingham Post-Herald (Birmingham, AL)

“Kimbrough touched me with the words of the poems he told each of the children.  Wesley's poetry is simply beautiful.  Kimbrough's voice is strong and filled with authority, and he moved about the small stage easily.  The script placed key emphasis on church, throne, England, family, Native Americans, America, and most of all, faith.  And yet, Kimbrough also allowed his character a sense of good humor.”

Monitor (McAllen, Texas)

“A clarity, precision, and control to be envied and emulated.  His enunciation is so sharp that one needs no song sheet to ponder Wesley's lyrics.”

Charisma Magazine

Lovely singing by noted baritone Steven Kimbrough.”


“'O for a thousand tongues to sing' is strikingly modern and lovely. . . . Kimbrough's voice is pure liquid gold.”

The Birmingham News (Birmingham, AL)

“Kimbrough has a richly endowed, variable, and sensitive baritone voice.  Furthermore, he possesses the intellectual and spiritual depth, necessary to portray Wesley authentically.  With a wide range of possibilities Kimbrough slipped into the costume and role of Charles Wesley and portrayed his life and the origin of his songs/hymns in dramatic action and dialogue.  Through letters, other writings, and poetry Kimbrough presented Wesley as a passionate fighter against the social injustice of his time and as a priest who saw in the love of God the salvation of the world.”

General Anzeiger (Bonn, Germany)

“His articulation of Wesley's words is remarkable because he seems to know what the words are trying to say . . .  Churchmanship and musicianship come across in virtually equal measure.”

The United Methodist Reporter (Dallas, TX)


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