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George Kok

Soloist, Tenor, Director
He was born in Lichtenburg, South Africa on 18/8/1944. His artistic career began in 1968 as an opera soloist and was concluded in 1996 as artistic director of the State Opera of South Africa. His artistic activity was closely associated with the opera houses of South Africa, which were under the local arts council of the provinces of Transvaal (now Gauteng) and the Western Cape, as well as with opera productions staged by the organization Pro Musica, Johannesburg. He collaborated with the National Theatre Opera PACT Pretoria, initially as a soloist (1986-1992) and later as assistant art director (1990-1992). As artistic director (1992-1996), he took care of productions of operas and musicals such as: Me and my Girl by Noel Gay, Crazy for You by George Gershwin, West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, etc. During his career he sang approximately 150 roles in operas, operettas and musicals, in partnership with leading South African opera singers. He excelled mainly in 20th century operas. In 1997 he launched an international career directing the opera The magic flute [Die Zauberflöte] for the GNO (Olympia Theater, 1996/97, 1997/98, 1999/00 and 2000/01), a production which won him an International Director Award. He has received numerous awards. The roles he sang as soloist include: Goro [Madama Butterfly], Prince Orlofsky [The bat/Die Fledermaus], Florestan [Fidelio], Gustav von Aschenbach [Death in Venice], Bob Boles and Peter Grimes [Peter Grimes] by Benjamin Britten and Števa [Jenůfa] by Leoš Janáček. He died on 20/2/2010 in South Africa. // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of productions below is continually updated.