American tenor Alok Kumar made his Royal Opera debut in 2017 as Chyvana (Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya, world premiere).
Kumar was born in Nagpur, India, and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York. He trained at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, and Boston University Opera Institute. Opera engagements have included Don José (Carmen) for Michigan Opera Theatre, Florida Grand Opera and in New York and Hong Kong, Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) for Palm Beach Opera, Macduff (Macbeth) for Opera Company of Middleburg and further credits with Santa Fe Opera, Austin Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Opera Delaware, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and Portland Opera. He is a keen supporter of contemporary music, with engagements including the world premiere of Thomas Cabaniss’s cantata My Song Is a Fire and a recording of Jesus of Nazareth (Marcos Galvany’s Oh My Son) with Washington National Symphony Orchestra. Kumar’s solo concert appearances include with orchestras around the world and in venues including Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.
Kumar is a qualified lawyer and a practising attorney.