Khori Dastoor

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Khori Dastoor
Born Pasadena, Ca
Genres Opera, Musical Theater
Occupation(s) Opera singer (soprano)

Khori Dastoor is an American operatic soprano and actress. A native of Pasadena, California, as of 2010, she is an Artist in Residence with Opera San Jose. Her voice has been recognized for its formidable, silvery upper register and graceful, crisp sound.[citation needed]


Dastoor graduated with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and as of 2010 was concluding her doctoral studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was the recipient of the Dean's Award for the School of Arts and Architecture.[1]


She has performed in such venues as Los Angeles Opera, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Opera San Jose, the Colburn School, Aspen Music Festival, Royce Hall, Lake George Opera, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Songfest 2004 at Pepperdine University.[2]

She has appeared internationally with orchestras such as the American Youth Symphony, the California Philharmonic, and the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey.[3]

The operatic repertoire which she has performed includes such roles as Gilda (Rigoletto), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Sophie (Werther), Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Despina (Così fan tutte), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Micaela (Carmen), Clorinda (La Cenerentola), Manon (Manon), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Gabrielle (La Vie parisienne), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), and Lakmé (Lakmé), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Cunegonde (Candide).[4][5][6][7][8]

Dastoor's contemporary repertoire has included such premier roles as La Novia in Lorca, Child of the Moon and Mary in the world premiere of Paul Chihara's Magnificat.[9]


  1. ^ "Music department grad student Khori Dastoor shines as Manon | music @ UCLA". Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
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  3. ^ "World Premiere of Paul Chihara's Magnificat at UCLA Featuring The Angeles Chorale, UCLA Chorale and Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra. - Business Wire". 2007-06-04. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  4. ^ "Opera San José - Khori Dastoor". 2008-09-20. Archived from the original on 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  5. ^ "Articles by Jenine Baines". American Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  6. ^ "Review: 'The Marriage of Figaro' is tremendous entertainment". San Jose Mercury News. 2010-05-18. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  7. ^ Caroline and Shannon. "California Philharmonic Orchestra Finale Review - Left Us "Wanting For More"". Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  8. ^ MacClelland, Scott, Vocal Up-and-Comers, San Francisco Classical Voice, September 11, 2007
  9. ^ "New CD releases:". Retrieved 2010-05-18.