In the 2017-18 season, Mason Gates* returns as a member of OSJ’s resident company, appearing as Prunier in Puccini’s La rondine, the Steersman in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, and Gastone in Verdi’s La traviata. Last season, Mr. Gates performed the role of Jonathan Dale in Puts and Campbell’s Silent Night, and made his company debut as Don Curzio in the 2015-16 production of The Marriage of Figaro.
He received his Bachelor’s of Music from Brigham Young University in Utah, and his Master’s of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. A two-time recipient of the encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Gates was also a festival artist at Utah Festival Artist two years in a row, as well as a Vocal Fellow at the esteemed Music Academy of the West.
Other roles performed recently include the title role in Albert Herring, El Remendado (Carmen), The Man with Old Luggage (Postcard from Morocco), Spoletta (Tosca), Grigori (Boris Godunov), Rodolfo (La bohème), (Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), and Edwin the Defendant (Trial by Jury).
*Mr. Gate’s residency made possible, in part, by an exclusive artist fellowship gift from Mary and Clinton Gilliland.