Oren Gradus


Oren Gradus is rapidly earning recognition both in North America and in Europe as a brilliant basso cantante. He has already performed in leading theaters such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, L'Opera de Marseille and the Teatro all'Opera di Roma.

In the current season, he performed with the Opera de Lausanne in Norma. He will return to the Houston Grand Opera in Maria Stuarda and Don Carlos. He also returned to the roaster of The Metropolitan Opera where he was responsible for the roles of Colline in La bohème, Caliban in The Enchanted Island, Mephistopheles in Faust and Leporello in Don Giovanni.

He began the 2010-2011 season singing Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Milwaukee Symphony conducted by Edo de Waart.  He then returned to Dallas Opera as Henry VIII in Anna Bolena and then was heard at the Metropolitan Opera as Jake Wallace in La fanciulla del West.  Also this season he appeared as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor for Houston Grand Opera, as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte for Israeli Opera and sang the role again in July for Cincinnati Opera.  This summer he also made his debut at Semperoper Dresden as Mephistopheles in Gounod's Faust, where he was also heard in Carmen and La bohème.

During the 2009-2010 he was heard at Pittsburgh Opera as Gremin in Eugene Onegin as well as the title role of Le nozze di Figaro.  He also returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Coline in La bohème where he was also heard in Elektra.  During the summer of 2010 he returned to Opera Theatre of St. Louis for Gremin in Eugene Onegin as well as for the world premiere of The Golden Ticket.   

In recent seasons he made his debut in Bilbao as Ferrando in Il trovatore, a role he also repeated for Atlanta Opera.  He sang the role of Colline in La bohème at both the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera, and made his debut at Seattle Opera in the title role of Le nozze di Figaro.  He made his debut at the Bologna's Teatro Comunale in Lucia di Lammermoor and made return appearances to the San Francisco Opera for Lucia di Lammermoor and Samson et Dalila, and performed Colline in La bohème for his debut with the Los Angeles Opera.

He completed his musical studies at the Oberlin Conservatory after which he was invited to join the Pittsburgh Opera Center.  As a member of that company he appeared as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, and Capellio in Bellini's I Capuleti e I Montecchi as well as on that company's main stage as Colline in La bohème. He subsequently became a member of the Houston Grand Opera and appeared there in a variety of roles, including the Captain in Catán's Salsipuedes, Timur (Turandot), the King in Ariodante, Gremin, the Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Biterolf in Tannhäuser, the Capitan in Florenzia en el Amazonas, the King in Aida, Seneca in L'incoronazione di Poppea, and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. He has returned to Houston as Leporello in Don Giovanni, which he also sang at San Francisco Opera. He was invited to make his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2002-2003 season and he has been heard there in many roles including Masetto (Don Giovanni), Colline (La bohème), Timur (Turandot), the Old Hebrew the King in Aida, Giorgio in I Puritani, Timur in Turandot and Garibaldo in Rodelinda opposite Renee Fleming.    

He made his European operatic debut as the title role of Le nozze di Figaro at L'Opera de Marseille in 2004 and returned there in 2005 as Leporello in Don Giovanni. He made his Italian stage debut in the summer of 2006 as Ramfis in Aida for the Rome Opera in Caracalla.  Other important engagements have included performances of Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor in Santiago, Chile, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Masetto (Don Giovanni) at Dallas Opera, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Frank Maurrant in Street Scene, Ariodate in Xerxes, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, and Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream all at Wolf Trap Opera, as well as Colline (La bohème) at Glimmerglass.  He sang his first Mephistopheles in Faust at the Pittsburgh Opera in 2005 and was also invited to sing in Elektra at the Verbier Festival under James Levine.

March 2012
Oren Gradus