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 ALOK  KUMAR

 

  TENOR

 
 
 
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BIOGRAPHY

 

The 2016-2017 Season is one of several company debuts for Mr. Kumar including Covent Garden with the Royal Opera House and the London Philharmonic Orchestra creating the role of Chyavana in the world premiere of Ravi Shankar’s opera Sukanya, Don José in Bizet’s Carmen with Michigan Opera Theater, Florida Grand Opera and Musica Viva in Hong Kong, a reprisal of the Duke of Mantua in Palm Beach Opera’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto and il Barbiere in New York City Opera’s production of Respighi’s La Campana Sommersa.

Most recently, Mr. Kumar performed Don José in Bizet’s Carmen in New York with stage director Bernard Uzan.  He returned to Connecticut as the tenor soloist in Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Fairfield County Chorale before returning to Vermont to debut as Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth under the baton of Emmanuel Plasson.  He concluded his season with a series of summer concerts with the Bay Atlantic Symphony featuring Italian operatic repertoire.  In the recital forum, Mr. Kumar unveiled a solo recital of Romani-influenced art song at the Ware Center in Lancaster, PA before singing a benefit concert at the Lucas Theater in Savannah, GA featuring works by Puccini, Bizet, Verdi and Massenet.   

Notable events from previous seasons include debuts at Canada’s le Domaine Forget International Music Festival and at the Sanibel Music Festival in Florida,  a debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, a concert of French operatic excerpts in France under the direction of Michel Plasson, his portrayal of Pinkerton in the excerpted love duet from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Cincinnati Pops/Cincinnati Opera led by John Morris Russell and a debut as the tenor soloist in the New York premier of Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.

An avid collaborator of new musical works, Mr. Kumar premiered the tenor solo in the Thomas Cabaniss Cantata My Song is a Fire and collaborated with director Scott Schwarz and librettist Marc Aceto in Jeffrey Stock’s musical adaptation of E. M. Forster’s A Room with a View.  Mr. Kumar recently recorded the role of Jesus of Nazareth in Marcos Galvany’s operatic tableaux Oh My Son with members of the Washington National Symphony and Washington National Opera Orchestra, members of the Washington National Opera Chorus and the Washington National Cathedral Children’s Choir.  Mr. Kumar performed the role of Jesus in the work’s European premier in Spain and reprised the role at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. 

Mr. Kumar has appeared with the Santa Fe Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Opera Delaware, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and Portland Opera Repertory Theater amongst others and has most frequently portrayed leading roles in the operas of Bizet, Puccini and Verdi.

As a solo concert artist, he has appeared with symphonies and orchestras in Spain, California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Texas and Massachusetts, including in Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops for the Richard Rodgers Centennial and in Sanders Theater with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Federico Cortese.  Mr. Kumar’s festival appearances include the Italy’s Spoleto Festival, Canada’s Le Domaine Forget International Music Festival, Florida’s Sanibel Music Festival and Colorado’s Crested Butte Music Festival.

Mr. Kumar is a member of the state bars of Massachusetts and New York and maintains a law practice.  Born in India and raised in the Hudson Valley, he resides in New York City with his wife.

 

Kumar is a tenor unlike others, with a resonance and depth to his voice.
— “Carmen” Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, KCRG January, 2014
Tenor Alok Kumar was a strong Don Jose...[H]is sound is manly and, when in full cry, particularly expressive and moving.
— "Carmen" Venture Opera, Allegri Con Fuoco March, 2016
Kumar is wonderful as Macduff. He has a rich, pleasing voice that conveyed his anguish at the murder of his family and he emanated a great sense of humanity...
— "Macbeth" Opera Company of Middlebury, Addison Independent June, 2016

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SCHEDULE

 

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

SEPT 19, 2016 - New York, NY
New York City Opera Parks Series
Puccini in Love
Tosca (Cavaradossi)
Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
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OCT 23, 2016 - Detroit, MI
Michigan Opera Theater

Bizet: Carmen (Don José)
Valerio Galli, Conductor
Ron Daniels, Director
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NOV 13, 2016 - Miami, FL
Florida Grand Opera
Bizet: Carmen (Don José)
Ramón Tebar, Conductor
Bernard Uzan, Director
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NOV 18, 2016 - Miami, FL
Florida Grand Opera
Bizet: Carmen (Don José)
Ramón Tebar, Conductor
Bernard Uzan, Director
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DEC 17, 2016 - Hong Kong, HK
Musica Viva
Bizet: Carmen (Don José)
Lio Kuokman, Conductor
Lo Kingman, Director
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DEC 18, 2016 - Hong Kong, HK
Musica Viva
Bizet: Carmen (Don José)
Lio Kuokman, Conductor
Lo Kingman, Director
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MAR 11, 2017 - West Palm Beach, FL
Palm Beach Opera
Verdi: Rigoletto (Duca)
Antonello Allemandi, Conductor
Jay Lesenger, Director
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MAR 31, 2017 - New York, NY
New York City Opera
Respighi: La Campana Sommersa (Il Barbiere)
Ira Levin, Conductor
Pier Francesco Maestrini, Director
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APR 1, 2017 - New York, NY
New York City Opera
Respighi: La Campana Sommersa (Il Barbiere)
Ira Levin, Conductor
Pier Francesco Maestrini, Director
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APR 4, 2017 - New York, NY
New York City Opera
Respighi: La Campana Sommersa (Il Barbiere)
Ira Levin, Conductor
Pier Francesco Maestrini, Director
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APR 5, 2017 - New York, NY
New York City Opera
Respighi: La Campana Sommersa (Il Barbiere)
Ira Levin, Conductor
Pier Francesco Maestrini, Director
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MAY 12, 2017 - Leicester, UK
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Royal Opera House
Shankar: Sukanya (Chyavana)
David Murphy, Conductor
Suba Das, Director
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MAY 14, 2017 - Salford, UK
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Royal Opera House
Shankar: Sukanya (Chyavana)
David Murphy, Conductor
Suba Das, Director
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MAY 15, 2017 - Birmingham, UK
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Royal Opera House
Shankar: Sukanya (Chyavana)
David Murphy, Conductor
Suba Das, Director
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MAY 19, 2017 - London, UK
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Royal Opera House
Shankar: Sukanya (Chyavana)
David Murphy, Conductor
Suba Das, Director
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PAST PERFORMANCE Highlights

JUN 3-11, 2016 - Middlebury, VT
Opera Company of Middlebury

Verdi: Macbeth (Macduff)
Emmanuel Plasson, Conductor

JUN 21, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Galvany:  Oh My Son (Jesus)
Dean Anderson, Conductor

MAY 29-JUN 6, 2015 – Middlebury, VT 
Opera Company of Middlebury
Puccini:  Turandot (Caláf)
Emmanuel Plasson, Conductor

MAY 9-17, 2015 – Wilmington, DE
Opera Delaware
La Tragédie de Carmen (Don José)
Anthony Barrese, Conductor

MAR 24, 2015 – Sanibel Island, FL
Sanibel Music Festival
Puccini Concert
Kyle Swann, Conductor
Alan Mann, Director
 

NOV 21 & 23, 2014 – Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Concert Opera
Verdi:  La Traviata (Alfredo)
J. Ernest Green, Conductor

AUG 22, 2014 – Quebec, Canada
Le Domaine Forget Music Festival
La Tragédie de Carmen  (Don José)
Paul Nadler, Conductor

MAY 24, 2014 – New York, NY
Stern Auditorium Carnegie Hall
Paulus:  To Be Certain of the Dawn
William Wyman, Conductor

MAY 10, 2014 – Fairfield, CT
Fairfield County Chorale
Rossini:  Stabat Mater
David Rosenmeyer, Conductor

APR 12 & 13, 2014 – Alicante, Spain 
Auditorio de Diputacion Alicante
Galvany:  Oh My Son (Jesus)
Francisco Maestre, Conductor

JAN 17 & 19, 2014 - Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

Bizet: Carmen (Don José)
Daniel Kleinknecht, Conductor

SEPT 7 & 8, 2013 – Cincinnati, OH 
Cincinnati Pops 
John Morris Russell, Conductor

MAR 23 & 24, 2013 - Harrisburg, PA
Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra

Verdi: La Traviata (Alfredo)
Stuart Malina, Conductor
 

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PROJECTS

 

 

SUKANYA                                

Composer - Ravi Shankar

Librettist – Amit Chaudhury

After a terrible mistake leaves the ancient sage Chyavana blinded, the beautiful princess Sukanya finds herself marrying for the sake of her kingdom. As a pair of swaggering, meddling gods watch this unlikely union blossom, will love grow in the strangest of circumstances?

Taken from the legendary Sanskrit texts of the Mahābhārata, the story of Sukanya has been brought to life in this innovative production with music by Indian music legend Ravi Shankar and combines traditional Indian instruments with Western orchestra and singers. This performance is directed by Curve Associate Director Suba Das and unites dance choreographed by the Aakash Odedra Company. 

Production by The Royal Opera and the musicians of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

OH MY SON                                

Composer and Librettist – Marcos Galvany

This operatic tableau, based on the gospels’ accounts of Jesus Christ’s birth and death, premiered in 2010 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  
Alok Kumar’s involvement with Oh My Son began with the work’s scheduled 2012 performance at the Vatican and continued through its recording, its 2014 Spain debut and its 2015 presentation at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.


COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (WORKSHOP)            

Composer – Nathan Matthews
Librettist – Stephen Pickover

The literary masterpiece by Alexander Dumas (Père) gives rise to a beautiful operatic derivation by Matthews and Pickover.  Alok Kumar portrays Albert in the workshop performance of excerpts from the work before a specially invited audience in New York City.


A ROOM WITH A VIEW (WORKSHOP)

Composer – Jeffrey Stock
Librettist – Marc Acito
Director – Scott Schwartz

A delightful new musical based upon the E. M. Foster's novel by the same name.  This multifaceted love story is set in Florence, Italy in 1908.  Alok Kumar portrayed the role of the Italian in the workshop performance of excerpts from the work before a specially invited audience in New York City.  

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CONTACT

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BERNARD UZAN

Director & Artist Manager

email: bernard@uzanartists.com

VANESSA UZAN

Managing Director & Artist Manager

email: vanessa@uzanartists.com