Oren Gradus is rising in recognition and critical acclaim throughout North America and Europe as a brilliant basso cantante. His 2015/16 season begins with his return to Boston's Odyssey Opera for Massenet's rarely performed Le Cid, followed by his return to Pittsburgh Opera in his acclaimed portrayal of Zaccaria in Nabucco. Gradus made his role debut as Duglas D'Angus in Rossini's La Donna del Lago at the Metropolitan Opera in the 2014/15 season, and returns this season to reprise the role alongside Joyce DiDonato and Lawrence Brownlee.
Recent seasons for the Brooklyn-born bass have included several career milestones: in the 2012-2013 season he made his house debut with Washington National Opera as Henry VIII in Anna Bolena; his house and role debuts with Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as the four villains in Les Contes d’Hoffman; his house debut with Canadian Opera Company as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor; and his house and role debuts with Opéra d’Avenches in Switzerland as Zaccaria in Nabucco. Mr. Gradus returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, which was broadcast as part of The Met: Live in HD series. He also had the privilege of performing in concert with the legendary Roger Waters in his original opera Ça Ira in Gothenberg, Sweden. In the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Gradus reprised his powerful portrayal of Colline in the Met’s production of La bohème, which will be broadcast in theaters worldwide. Mr. Gradus also returned to Pittsburgh Opera for performances of Ramfis in Aida and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, and made his house debut with Baltimore Opera as Zaccaria in Nabucco.
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