Following a successful return to the Metropolitan Opera, American bass Oren Gradus can be heard in Baltimore’s Modell Performing Arts Center where he headlines Lyric Opera Baltimore’s production of Nabucco. Oren sings the role of the Jewish high priest Zaccaria in Verdi’s Babylonian drama, beloved for its famous chorus of Hebrew slaves “Va pensiero.”
Oren made his debut in the role last summer at the Avenches Opera Festival. Of that performance, La Liberté praised Oren’s “full-bodied and sensitive bass,” adding, “The prayer in the second act was magnificently sung with a vibrancy of unaltered faith.”
In Maryland, Oren stars opposite Michael Chioldi in the title role and Francesca Mondanaro as Abigaille. James Meena leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a production by Bernard Uzan. Performances take place May 9 and 11.