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Tenor Omar Najmi is a familiar face on the stages of Boston, where he makes his home. An alumnus of Boston Lyric Opera’s Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist Program, Omar has appeared in over ten productions with the company, including his critically acclaimed performances as Vanya Kudrjas in Katya Kabanova, Nick in The Handmaid’s Tale, Beppe in Pagliacci, and many more. Omar is a recipient of the Harold Norblom Award, awarded by Opera Colorado, where he completed a residency as a Young Artist in the 2016/2017 season. His appearances with Opera Colorado include Joe in La Fanciulla del West, Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Edgardo in the Lucia di Lammermoor Student Matinee.

Off of the operatic stage, Omar has maintained an active concert career. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2018 as the tenor soloist in Mark Hayes’ Gloria, and he has since returned twice – as the tenor soloist in Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, and as a soloist in Talents of the World’s Caruso Tribute Concert. He has made appearances with the Helena Symphony Orchestra in Rossini’s Stabat Mater, the Savannah Philharmonic in Mozart’s Requiem, the Greenwich Choral Society in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, and many more. He has also performed several times with the touring concert Video Games Live, including performances with the Colorado Symphony at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Omar has worked with composer Joseph Summer while singing the title role in the workshop of his opera Hamlet. Omar can be heard performing several of Summer’s works on the albums Music to Hear, and Who is Sylvia?, both released through Navona Records. Omar can also be heard on the album Video Games Live: Level 5, and on the soundtrack to Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Omar is also active as a composer – his first opera, En la ardiente oscuridad, received its premiere in 2019, and it will be performed again at the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice in August 2021.

Omar holds a M.M. from Boston University, and a B.M. from Ithaca College.

Boston, Massachusetts, USA