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Joshua Kohl, Tenor

Alfred, Die Fledermaus

Exciting American tenor Joshua Kohl was called a “tenor to watch” by The Boston Herald and was recently singled out for his “glorious, relaxed performance” by Opera News.

Mr. Kohl sang Alfredo in La Traviata with Tulsa Opera, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Sarasota Opera, and West Side Story Suite in concert with the Lexington Philharmonic during the 2010 - 11 season.  During the previous season, he joined the Dallas Opera as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for student matinee performances, Sarasota Opera as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Lake George Opera as Don José in Carmen, the Commonwealth Opera as Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte, and Utah Opera as Macduff in Macbeth.  The Salt Lake Tribune wrote “Joshua Kohl nearly steals the show with his impassioned portrayal of Macduff.  The young tenor brings a jolt of urgency to every scene he’s in, and the aria in which Macduff expresses his grief over his family’s murder is arguably the emotional high point of the evening.” On the concert stage, he was an Artist-in-Residence with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and sang Handel’s Messiah with the New Haven Symphony.

During the 2008 - 09 season, the tenor sang Rodolfo in La Boheme with the Pittsburgh Opera, and made debuts with Opera Theatre of St. Louis as First Jew in Salome and with the Virginia Opera as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore.  During the 2007-2008 season, Mr. Kohl joined Opera North for performances of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, sang Al Joad in The Grapes of Wrath with Utah Opera, and covered the title roles in both Troilus and Cressida and The Tales of Hoffmann with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Operatic highlights from recent seasons include performances as Al Joad in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, Serano in La Donna del Lago, Nathaniël/Spalanzani in Les contes d’Hoffmann, and the cover role of Gérald in Lakmé – all at the Minnesota Opera while he was a Resident Artist. In addition, he has performed in principal and comprimario roles with Boston Lyric Opera, Minnesota Opera, Utah Opera, Virginia Opera, San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, The Ohio Light Opera, Yale Opera, Boston University’s Opera Institute, and at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. On the concert stage he has performed with composer Richard Wargo in From the Bards of Ireland, a concert of Irish-inspired music, in addition to appearances in Los Angeles with Operetta Foundation. He appears as the title character in Albany Records’ recently released album The Birdseller.

Mr. Kohl was a National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2007.  He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Music degree from Boston University.