Gal Kohav is an Israeli-American mezzo-soprano and is currently a soloist at the Israeli Opera. In the upcoming season of the Israeli Opera (23/24), Kohav will perform the role of Alisa in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Countess Ceprano in Verdi's Rigoletto, and cover Sister Mathilde in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites. Kohav will also debut the role of Sesto in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito with the Meitar Opera Studio. She recently performed Kate Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Rosina in the family production of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Israeli Opera.
Kohav is a former member of the Israeli Opera’s Meitar Opera Studio where her repertoire included Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Mother Goose in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, Cenerentola in Rossini's La Cenerentola, Hänsel in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Papagena and Second Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte.
An enthusiastic advocate of new music, Kohav has created numerous leading roles with Opera UCLA: Julek in the world premiere of Janice Hamer’s Lost Childhood, the title role in the workshop premiere of Carla Lucero’s Juana, and Satan in the workshop premiere of Michel Klein’s, Akeidah.
Kohav's repertoire includes the title role in Handel’s Amadigi (Opera UCLA), Opera Box Ghost in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles (Chautauqua Opera Company), Constance Fletcher in Thompson’s The Mother of Us All (Opera UCLA), the title role in Handel’s Ariodante (cover with Maryland Opera Studio), and Dog in Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen (cover with Maryland Opera Studio).
Kohav performed as a soloist with the Raanana Symphonette and the Ramat Gan Symphony Orchestra. She also performed the alto solos in Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky Cantata and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the UCLA Philharmonia.
Kohav received the Keren Ronen scholarship (2022). She was a second-place winner of the 2018 Hershey Felder Competition and first-place recipient of the Saddleback Concerto Competition, the Music Teachers' Association of California, the OCC Anniversary Scholarship, and the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity Competition (Orange County Chapter).
Kohav holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance from the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA.