Brooklyn-born bass Oren Gradus is rising in recognition and critical acclaim throughout North America and Europe as a brilliant basso cantante. His 2012-2013 season included several career milestones: 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 reprises his powerful portrayal of Colline in the Met’s production of La Bohème, which will be broadcast in theaters worldwide. Mr. Gradus also returns to Pittsburgh Opera for performances of Ramfis in Aida and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, and makes his house debut with Baltimore Opera as Zaccaria in Nabucco.
Oren Gradus has commanded the stage of leading theaters throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Dresden Semperoper, Teatro comunale Bologna,L’Opera de Marseille, and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. In his 2011-2012 season, Mr. Gradus played the role of Colline in La Bohème at the Met, along with performances of Caliban in The Enchanted Island, Mephistopheles in Faust, and Leporello in Don Giovanni. He also appeared at Opéra de Lausanne in Norma, and returned to the Houston Grand Opera in Maria Stuarda and Don Carlos.
Mr. Gradus began his 2010-2011 season singing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edo de Waart. He returned to the Dallas Opera as Henry VIII in Anna Bolena and appeared at the Met as Jake Wallace in La fanciulla del West. Other distinguished performances include: Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Houston Grand Opera; Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte for both the Israeli Opera and Cincinnati Opera; and his debut at Semperoper Dresden as Henry VIII in Anna Bolena.
During his 2009-2010 season, Mr. Gradus appeared at the Pittsburgh Opera as Gremin in Eugene Onegin as well as the title role in Le nozze di Figaro. He also returned to the Met for performances of La bohème and Elektra. During the summer of 2010, Mr. Gradus returned to Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Gremin in Eugene Onegin and for the world premiere of The Golden Ticket.
Remarkable performances in prior seasons include a reprisal with the Met as Giorgio in I Puritani; a debut with ABAO – Opera Bilbao as Ferrando in Il trovatore, a role he reprised for Atlanta Opera; and his debut at Seattle Opera in the title role in Le nozze di Figaro. He made his debut at Teatro Comunale di Bologna in Lucia di Lammermoor, and has made return appearances to the San Francisco Opera for both Lucia di Lammermoor and Samson et Delilah. Mr. Gradus has received acclaim for his portrayal of Colline in La bohème with the Met, San Francisco Opera, and for his debut with the Los Angeles Opera.
Mr. Gradus made his European operatic debut as the title role in Le nozze di Figaro at L’Opera de Marseille in 2004 and returned there in 2005 as Leporello in Don Giovanni. His Italian debut was in 2006 as Ramfis in Aida for the Rome Opera in Caracalla. Other important engagements included performances of Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor in Santiago, Chile; Leporello in Don Giovanni and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro at Houston Grand Opera; Leporello at San Francisco Opera; Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Masetto in Don Giovanni at Dallas Opera; Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; and the roles of 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. He sang his first Mephistopheles in Faust at the Pittsburgh Opera in 2005. Festival engagements include La Bohème at Glimmerglass and Elektra at the Verbier Festival under James Levine.
Oren Gradus studied music at the Oberlin Conservatory and then joined the Pittsburgh Opera Center. He subsequently became a member of the Houston Grand Opera, where he appeared in a variety of roles. Mr. Gradus made his Metropolitan Opera debut during the 2002-2003 season, and has since performed various roles there such as Masetto in Don Giovanni, Timur in Turandot, the Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila, the King in Aida, and Garibaldo in Rodelinda, opposite Renée Fleming.