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Oren Gradus makes his Baltimore debut in Lyric Opera Baltimore’s Nabucco

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.

Click here to listen to Oren sing Zaccaria’s aria, “Tu sul labboro.”

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Oren sings the National Anthem for the New York Knicks before singing La bohème as part of the Met Live in HD

This Saturday, Oren Gradus can be seen in movie theaters worldwide as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series as Colline in La bohème. The Brooklyn-born bass stars opposite Kristine Opolais as Mimì, Vittorio Grigolo as Rodolfo, Susanna Phillips as Musetta, and Massimo Cavalletti as Marcello. Stefano Ranzani conducts. The day before, Oren will also be heard at Madison Square Garden, where he sings the National Anthem for Friday night’s New York Knicks game.

April 5’s performance also marks Oren’s 100th at the Metropolitan Opera, where he made his debut as the Guardian in Elektra in 2002.

Oren Gradus returns to the Metropolitan Opera’s La bohème

This week, Oren Gradus returns to the role of Colline in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of La bohème at the Metropolitan Opera. The American bass made his house role debut as Puccini’s philosopher in 2003, and was last heard at Lincoln Center in the role in 2010. In 2008, Oren’s account as Colline (seen opposite Ramón Vargas and Angela Gheorghiu) was captured as part of the Met’s Live in HD program and released on DVD.

This season’s performances take place April 2, 5, 10, 14, and 18 and include a Met Live in HD broadcast on April 5 — which also marks Oren’s 100th performance on the Metropolitan Opera stage. Here, Oren stars opposite Anita Hartig and Barbara Frittoli as Mimì, Vittorio Grigolo as Rodolfo, Massimo Cavalletti as Marcello, and Susanna Phillips and Jennifer Rowley as Musetta.

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