American tenor Nikhil Navkal combines a vibrant singing voice with rare musical intelligence and an authentic stage presence. His interpretations accentuate the interplay of song, poetry, and drama.
In the past year, Navkal joined Opera Australia at the iconic Sydney Opera House, portraying Nadir in Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles, directed by Michael Gow.
In April 2015, he performed with Brooklyn’s LoftOpera, interpreting the role of Gennaro in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia. Other recent performances include scenes from Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia alongside Joyce DiDonato in a recital to promote LoftOpera, and the role of Dorvil in Rossini's La Scala di Seta with Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in France. While studying at the Yale School of Music, he portrayed Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola by Rossini, and Tebaldo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi by Bellini.
Navkal's concert repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Dvorák's Stabat Mater, Britten’s Saint Nicolas, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. He has performed concert works under the batons of Maestros Helmuth Rilling, William Boughton, and Speranza Scappucci.
He participated as a Bel Canto Young Artist at the Caramoor Festival, performing First Commissioner in Poulenc’s Dialogues des carmélites, and covering Fernand in Donizetti’s La Favorite. He also performed as a young artist at Central City Opera.
In 2014, Navkal earned an Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, New York District.
He holds Master of Music degrees from both Yale School of Music and Mannes Conservatory in New York, and a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Indiana University.