The Lexington Herald-Leader called baritone Stephen King's voice one of "amazing, velvety richness." Stephen King performs throughout the United States in a variety of artistic venues, that have recently included performances as guest artist at Chattanooga Opera, the Bethany Festival for Music and Art (KS), the Cellular One Artist Series at East Tennessee State University, the Charlotte Symphony, Southern Ohio Light Opera, the Mankato (MN) Symphony and the Saint Marks Concert Series (FL ). Other solo appearances have included performances with the Louisville Orchestra, Cayuga
Chamber Orchestra (HY), Handel Oratorio Society (IL ), Louisville Bach Society , Duke
Chapel Choir and Orchestra (NC), West Virginia Symphony and the orchestras of Williamsport (PA), Jackson (TN), and Paducah (KY), among others.
Mr. King has won numerous awards as a recitalist -being one of six national finalists in the Artist Awards of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and a two-time recipient of Artist-Fellowships to the Bach Aria Festival. Though in demand as a solo artist, he has appeared in more than fifty duo recitals with tenor Jeffrey Price and currently appears with tenor Randall Black under the auspices of "Classic voices."
Mr. King's recent operatic performances include the creation of the title role in the world premier of Joseph Baber's Samson and the Witch with the Opera of Central Kentucky, the premier of novelist Pinckney Benedict's and composer Anthony Nalker's musical drama, "A" -based on Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and Etienne Grandet in Herbert's Naughty Marietta.
As Associate Professor of Voice on the Performing Artists Faculty at the University of Kentucky, Stephen King is much in demand. His students have appeared as artists or apprentices with the Aspen Music Festival, Central City Opera, Chautauqau, Brevard Music Festival, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Lucca, Kentucky Opera and the Louisville Orchestra. Current students have also been finalists or winners in competitions including the Palm Beach Opera Competition, District Metropolitan Opera Auditions, McAllister Awards for Opera Singers, Orpheus National Vocal Competition, National Society for Arts and Letters National Finals and the Artist Award Auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Stephen King resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife, Amy, and sons Matthew and Stewart.