KAMALA SANKARAM has been praised as “strikingly original” (NY Times) and “new voice from whom we will surely be hearing more” (LA Times). Recent commissions include Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, Opera Memphis, Opera on Tap, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Awards, grants and residencies include: Jonathan Larson Award, NEA ArtWorks, MAP Fund, Opera America, NY IT Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical, the Civilians, HERE, the MacDowell Colony, and the Watermill Center. She is currently working with librettist Jerre Dye on THE PARKSVILLE MURDERS, the first opera written for virtual reality. Episode 1 is now available on Samsung VR.
Also a performer, Kamala has been hailed as “an impassioned soprano with blazing high notes” (Wall Street Journal). She has performed and premiered pieces with Beth Morrison Projects, Anthony Braxton, and the Wooster Group, among others, and is the leader of Bombay Rickey, a critically acclaimed operatic Bollywood surf ensemble. Notable appearances with Bombay Rickey include: PROTOTYPE Festival, Tête-à-Tête Opera’s Cubitt Sessions in London, and Musikfest. She will next appear with the LA Philharmonic as explorer Gwen St. Clair in Meredith Monk’s opera ATLAS. Dr. Sankaram holds a PhD from the New School and is currently a member of the composition faculty at SUNY Purchase.