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. This past season, Mr. Kohl made his Seattle Opera debut in Ariadne auf Naxos for which Opera News said his “focused Brighella was the comic quartet’s standout.” Additionally, the tenor joined Opera Southwest as Rodolfo in La Bohème and Knoxville Opera as Ralph Rackstraw in their production of HMS Pinafore. Of his performance, the Knoxville News Sentinel said his “tenor voice was as clear and crisp as brisk air on the North Sea.” In the upcoming season, he can be heard as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, the title role in Puccini’s Edgar with Baltimore Concert Opera, the title role in Franco Faccio’s recently unearthed Amleto with Opera Delaware, and as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the National Chorale in Lincoln Center and with the Rhode Island Philharmonic. In the spring, he joins the Hartford Chorale for performances of Elijah. Future seasons also have him returning to Seattle Opera and Knoxville Opera.
During the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Kohl performed as Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Sarasota Opera, Fenton in Falstaff with Opera Santa Barbara, and Greenhorn in scenes from Jake Heggie’s 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). He was “the vocal standout of the evening” as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Knoxville Opera, where “the clarity of his voice throughout his range was impressive and satisfying, as was his power at moments of lovelorn anguish” (MetroPulse).
Amleto - Opera delaware (2016)
"...and the strong, ringing, Italianate voice of the terrific Joshua Kohl as an Amleto who’s the archetypal angry young man of Italian opera." - The Washington Post
"...the title role is a star maker, to which OperaDelaware's Joshua Kohl brought a hard-to-match standard of unself-conscious charisma. He was all you'd want in a spoken Hamlet, but with a gleaming, mid-weight tenor voice that filled all vocal nooks and crannies." - The Philadelphia Inquirer
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS - SEATTLE OPERA (2015)
"...Joshua Kohl’s focused Brighella was the comic quartet’s standout." - Opera News