Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar

Noted as a “tenor unlike others, with a resonance and depth to his voice,” Alok Kumar is on the rise to international stardom.  Mr. Kumar recently made a series of monumental débuts starting with his Royal Opera House Covent Garden and London Philharmonic Orchestra début creating the role of Chyavana in the world premiere of Ravi Shankar’s opera Sukanya, a work harmonizing the distinct music, dance and theatrical traditions of India and the West. He made his Los Angeles Opera début in the role of Gastone in La traviata and subsequently sang Ramses in Moses, and the title role of The Count in a workshop of The Count of Monte Cristo also with Los Angeles Opera. Additionally, Mr. Kumar participated in the Intimate Apparel workshop with Lincoln Center and appeared in Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco serial web opera entitled “Star Cross’d.” His Metropolitan Opera debut in La Fanciulla del West was so impressive the esteemed house immediately invited him to stay on for Puccini’s Il Trittico specifically for Gianni Schicchi.  He will return to the Metropolitan Opera in the 2021-2022 Season for productions of Ariadne auf Naxos, Lucia di Lammermoor, and The Rake’s Progress.

 

Calendar

Event Date
Feb 7
to
Mar 17
Ariadne auf Naxos
Scaramuccio
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, New York
Event Date
Mar 26
to
May 21
Lucia di Lammermoor
Normanno
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, New York
Event Date
May 5
to
Jun 11
The Rake's Progress
(Tom Rakewell)
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, New York

Artist Bio

Noted as a “tenor unlike others, with a resonance and depth to his voice,” Alok Kumar is on the rise to international stardom.  Mr. Kumar recently made a series of monumental débuts starting with his Royal Opera House Covent Garden and London Philharmonic Orchestra début creating the role of Chyavana in the world premiere of Ravi Shankar’s opera Sukanya, a work harmonizing the distinct music, dance and theatrical traditions of India and the West. He made his Los Angeles Opera début in the role of Gastone in La traviata and subsequently sang Ramses in Moses, and the title role of The Count in a workshop of The Count of Monte Cristo also with Los Angeles Opera. Additionally, Mr. Kumar participated in the Intimate Apparel workshop with Lincoln Center and appeared in Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco serial web opera entitled “Star Cross’d.” His Metropolitan Opera debut in La Fanciulla del West was so impressive the esteemed house immediately invited him to stay on for Puccini’s Il Trittico specifically for Gianni Schicchi.  He will return to the Metropolitan Opera in the 2021-2022 Season for productions of Ariadne auf Naxos, Lucia di Lammermoor, and The Rake’s Progress.

Engagements in 2020 and 2021 were to include multiple appearances at the MET for The Flying Dutchman, Kat’a Kabanova, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Aida, Fidelio as well as a return to Opera Hong Kong as Don Jose in Carmen and St. Ignatius Loyola for Verdi Requiem. Last season, Mr. Kumar returned to The Metropolitan Opera in a variety of performances including the role of Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier and the Steuermann in Der Fliegende Hollander. He also performed in the world première of Robert Paterson’s Chamber Version of Spring Songs at the Mostly Modern Festival, made his Opera Omaha début in the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, as well as returned to the London Philharmonic for the revival of Sukanya. 

In recent seasons he performed with the Forte tenors at the NAMM convention in Los Angeles, Don José in Bizet’s Carmen with Michigan Opera Theater, Florida Grand Opera and Musica Viva in Hong Kong, reprised the role of the Duke of Mantua in Palm Beach Opera’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, débuted as Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth under the baton of Emmanuel Plasson, sang Robert Paterson’s Crossing the Hudson with American Modern Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, and appeared in New York City Opera’s production of Respighi’s rarely performed opera La Campana Sommersa. International engagements include débuts at Canada’s le Domaine Forget International Music Festival as Don José in La tragedie de Carmen and a concert of French operatic excerpts in France under the direction of Michel Plasson.

Favorite operatic roles Mr. Kumar has performed include Rodolfo in La bohème, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, the title roles in Werther and Les contes d’Hoffmann. Other notable operatic engagements include his portrayal of Pinkerton in the love duet from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Cincinnati Pops/Cincinnati Opera led by John Morris Russell and Alfredo in La traviata with Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.

Recent concert engagements include Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Fairfield County Chorale, as well as a series of summer concerts with the Bay Atlantic Symphony featuring Italian operatic repertoire. 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. Additionally, Mr. Kumar has performed in a gala concert at the Sanibel Music Festival in Florida, made his début at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles as a soloist in Galvany’s Oh My Son, made his début as tenor soloist in the New York premiere of Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and performed as a soloist in Bay Atlantic Symphony’s A Night at the Opera New Year’s Eve concert. In the recital forum, Mr. Kumar unveiled a solo recital of Romani-influenced art songs 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.

An avid performer and in-demand artist of new 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.

Updated 4.27.21

Audio Samples

Audio Sample “La Fleur Que Tu M’avais Jetée”

Video

“La Fleur Que Tu M’avais Jetée” from Carmen

“La Donna e Mobile” from Rigoletto

“Addio fiorite asil” from Madama Butterfly 

“Spring Songs” (Piano-Voice Version) – Robert Paterson

“Parmi veder le lagrime” from Verdi’s Rigoletto 

“Questa o quella” from Rigoletto 

Press

"...sung with so much emotion there was silence before rousing applause...” – Miami Art Zine

Carmen – “Kumar’s tenor had an aching tone as Don José began his obsessive descent. With technical vocal precision and nuance he turned his tough soldier into a weeping man-child who refuses to accept Carmen’s rejection. The difficult aria “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” was sung with so much emotion there was silence before rousing applause..”

"... hitting his high notes cleanly and with what I’d call a romantic timbre..." – Palm Beach Arts Paper

Rigoletto – “Famous for the high tessitura Verdi sets for this part, Kumar never disappointed, hitting his high notes cleanly and with what I’d call a romantic timbre. His love of women and the seduction of other mens’ wives was easy to believe with his natural charm, good looks, and tall stature.”

"...sang and acted sympathetically and compellingly...” – Rutland Herald

Turandot – “Turandot couldn’t have asked for a more inviting suitor. Tenor Alok Kumar proved a dashing figure as the unnamed Prince Calaf, and his singing matched. Not only did Kumar mix the power of a dramatic tenor with the flowing lines and warmth of a lyric tenor, he sang and acted sympathetically and compellingly.”

"...mesmerized the audience..." – Classical Voice of North Carolina

La traviata – “Technically secure and musically savvy, Kumar mesmerized the audience with his profound interpretation of [Alfredo Germont] and the sheer beauty and intensity of his singing.”

"...sang them with golden beauty...” – New Criterion

La fanciulla del West – “Standing out was a tenor named Alok Kumar, who had just a line or two to sing—but sang them with golden beauty”