Oren Gradus’s spring season starts on April 2 with a return to the Metropolitan Opera’s beloved production of La bohème. The Brooklyn-born bass reprises the role of philosopher Colline, whose aria “Vecchia zimarra senti” is counted as one of the highlights of Puccini’s opus. Oren was last heard as Colline at the Met in 2010, and his appearances from April 2 through 18 will include his 100th performance at the vaunted house. La bohème will also be broadcast as part of the Met’s Live in HD series on April 5.
The following month, Oren trades bohemian Paris for ancient Babylon when he sings the role of Jewish high priest Zaccaria in Verdi’s Nabucco with Lyric Opera Baltimore on May 9 and 11. Oren made his role debut in the work with the Avenches Opera Festival last summer to great acclaim. “The priest Zaccaria is the full-bodied and sensitive bass Oren Gradus,” wrote La Liberté. “The prayer in the second act was magnificently sung with a vibrancy of unaltered faith.”