“La Fleur Que Tu M’avais Jetée,” Bizet’s Carmen
“La donna è mobile,” Verdi’s Rigoletto
Noted as a “tenor unlike others, with a resonance and depth to his voice,” Alok Kumar is on the rise to stardom. In the current season, Mr. Kumar makes his Royal Opera House Covent Garden and London Philharmonic Orchestra débuts 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. In recent seasons he performed 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, and appeared in New York City Opera’s production of Respighi’s rarely performed opera La Campana Sommersa. This season, Kumar sings Robert Paterson’s Crossing the Hudson with American Modern Ensemble at Carnegie Hall and performs with the Forte Tenors at the NAMM Convention in Los Angeles.
Additional roles in Mr. Kumar’s repertoire 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.
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. 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.
Other notable engagements include débuts at Canada’s le Domaine Forget International Music Festival as Don José in La tragedie de Carmen, a gala concert at the Sanibel Music Festival in Florida, a début at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles as a soloist in Galvany’s Oh My Son, a concert of French operatic excerpts in France under the direction of Michel Plasson, his portrayal of Pinkerton in the love duet from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Cincinnati Pops/Cincinnati Opera led by John Morris Russell, Alfredo in La traviata with Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and a début as tenor soloist in the New York premiere of Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.
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.