Omar has appeared as a soloist on both the operatic and concert stage in venues throughout the world. Mr. Crook made his Los Angeles Opera debut as the Fante in Verdi’s The Two Foscari, and has subsequently sung secondary and tertiary roles with the company, including, most recently, The Bishop in John Corigliano’s, ‘Ghosts of Versailles.’ He has performed many leading operatic roles, including The Steersman in The Flying Dutchman, Fervio in Eric Whitacre’s Paradise Lost, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Alfredo in La Traviata, Nemorino in The Elixir of Love, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Albert in Albert Herring, and in rare operas such as Donizetti’s Rita, Goyescas by Enrique Granados and as des Grieux in the West Coast premier of Auber’s Manon Lescaut.
A frequent performer on the concert stage, he has appeared as a soloist with such ensembles as The Boston Pops, Pacific Chorale, John Alexander Singers, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, under the batons of John Mauceri, Keith Lockhart, John Alexander and Eric Whitacre.
Most recently, Mr. Crook worked with composer John Powell as tenor soloist, in the world premier of ‘A Prussian Requiem’ with the National Symphony of Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay. A versatile vocalist, Mr. Crook has sung on numerous projects in film and television, as soloist in films such as Happy Feet 2, Open Season 2 and Dogtown and Z-Boys. Other notable projects include Ghostbusters, Kung-Fu Panda 3, After Earth, The Lorax, and various television spots, including Revenge and L.A. Law. He is also the only one of his venerable colleagues (you know who you are) to admit singing on the smash hit single, “Back on my Bullsh*t” by Busta Rhymes.
Omar lives in Los Angeles with his lovely wife, Amy and their two amazing children, William and Maddie.
Mr. Crook received his formal music training at California State University at Fullerton.