Joshua Kohl Tenor
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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. The Salt Lake Tribune said of his performance in Macbeth that he “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.” During the 2014-15 season, Mr. Kohl will join Knoxville Opera as Ralph Rackstraw in their production of H.M.S. Pinafore, Opera Southwest as Rodolfo La Bohème, and Seattle Opera as Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos.

During the 2013-14 season, Mr. Kohl took the stage as Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Sarasota Opera, Fenton in Falstaff with Opera Santa Barbara, and Greenhorn in scenes from Moby Dick with Fargo-Moorhead Opera. In addition, he joined Opera Theater of Connecticut as Rodolfo in La Bohème and Hawaii Opera Theatre as Nanki-Poo in The Mikado where “as leading young lover Nanki-Poo, [he] has a wonderfully full, clear tenor that was a joy to listen to in whatever he sang.” (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

During the 2012-13 season, the tenor performed as Alfredo in La Traviata with Opera Omaha, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Dayton Opera, where he “offered a brilliant, fiery performance” (Opera News), Chevalier in Dialogues of the Carmelites with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opera Southwest, and Nanki-Poo in The Mikado with Lyric Opera of Kansas City where he was a “brazen Nanki-Poo, with an excellent lyric tenor voice that features truly honest high notes." (The KC Independent) On the concert stage he returned to the New Haven Symphony for performances of Carmina Burana. Additionally, he appeared off-Broadway at the York Theatre as Pedro in Seymour Barab’s License to Marry.

Other recent operatic engagements include Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for student matinee performances with the Dallas Opera, Alfredo in La Traviata with Nashville Opera and Tulsa Opera, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Sarasota Opera, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Sarasota Opera, and the Duke in Rigoletto with Opera Saratoga where his “singing revealed the fullest emotional range of the principals — joy, rapture, rage.” (Albany Times Union) He was heard as Rodolfo in La Bohème with the Pittsburgh Opera in a student matinee performance, made his debuts with Opera Theatre of St. Louis as First Jew in Salome and with the Virginia Opera as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore,
where he offered a “sincere and touching performance. The young tenor displayed a bright voice of great size, yet capable of movement and nuance.” (Portfolio Weekly) Additional previous engagements include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Sarasota Opera and Opera North, Don José in Carmen with Lake George Opera, Macduff in Macbeth with Utah Opera, Al Joad in the World Premiere of The Grapes of Wrath with both Minnesota Opera and Utah Opera, and Ferrando in Così fan Tutte with Commonwealth Opera.

Recent concert performances include Carmina Burana with the Hartford Symphony, where he “conveyed the roasting swan’s plight with poignancy and humor” (In the Spotlight), West Side Story Suite with the Lexington Philharmonic, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 with the New Jersey Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with the New Haven Symphony, and Stravinsky’s In Memoriam Dylan Thomas with Yale University. He performed with composer Richard Wargo in “From the Bards of Ireland,” a concert of Irish-inspired music, appeared in Los Angeles with Operetta Foundation, and represented the city of San Francisco at the Nakanoshima International Music Festival in Osaka, Japan. He offered recitals under the auspices of the Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild, and for the Albright College Concert Series for which The Reading Eagle praised his “ambitious program that showed his versatility, his acting ability and, above all, his glorious voice.” He appears as the title character in Albany Records’ recently released album The Birdseller, and as Richard Wayne in Sigmund Romberg’s Maytime. In addition, he lent his voice to the cast recording of Stephen Melillo’s Son of the Storm as The Theologian.

While an Artist Diploma candidate in Opera at Yale University, he appeared as Torquemada in L’Heure Espagnole, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, and Dr. Ucitelli in Comedy on a Bridge. Concert engagements included Carmina Burana with the Yale Camerata, Les Noces with the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass with the Connecticut Master Chorale, for which the Danbury News-Times said his rendition of the Sanctus was the “high point” of the afternoon. While a Resident Artist at the Minnesota Opera he sang Serano in La Donna del Lago, Nathaniël/Spalanzani in Les contes d’Hoffmann, and covered the role of Gérald in Lakmé. He has also performed in principal and comprimario roles with Boston Lyric Opera, San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, The Ohio Light Opera, Boston University’s Opera Institute, and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

A National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2007, he also received Honorable Mention in the 2008 Irma Cooper International Vocal Competition, and placed 7th in the 40th Annual Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition in 2009. Mr. Kohl earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Music degree from Boston University.
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