The Metropolitan Opera’s 2018-2019 season will mark Oren Gradus’ 17th consecutive year with the company. Gradus will perform as Jake Wallace in La Fanciulla del West and Angelotti in Tosca.
The 2017-2018 season will mark Oren Gradus’ 16th straight season performing with The Metropolitan Opera.
On Friday, June 27, PBS will air the Metropolitan Opera’s recent HD transmission of Puccini’s La Bohème as part of the series “Great Performances at the Met.” The April 5 performance features Oren Gradus as the philosopher Colline, starring alongside Vittorio Grigolo as Rodolfo, Kristine Opolais as Mimì, Susanna Phillips as Musetta, Massimo Cavaletti as Marcello, and Patrick Carfizzi as Schaunard. Stefano Ranzani conducts and Joyce DiDonato — Oren’s costar for the Metropolitan Opera’s upcoming production of La donna del lago — hosts the broadcast.
This weekend Oren Gradus’s performance as Zaccaria in Lyric Opera Baltimore’s production of Nabucco was met with acclaim. Writing for The Washington Post, Tom Huizenga noted that the Brooklyn-born bass “sang with requisite bluster and beauty.”
Likewise, Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun had praise for Oren’s account of the Hebrew priest in Verdi’s Babylonian drama: “As Zaccaria, the high priest of the Hebrews, the bass Oren Gradus sculpted his music stylishly.”