Mason Gates* returns as a member of OSJ’s resident company in the 2018-19 season, appearing as Beppe in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Flask in the company premiere of Heggie’s Moby-Dick, and Goro in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Last season, Mr. Gates appeared as Prunier in Puccini’s La rondine, the Steersman in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, and Gastone in Verdi’s La traviata. Other OSJ roles performed include Jonathan Dale in Puts and Campbell’s Silent Night, and 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).
*Mason Gates’ residency made possible by an exclusive artist fellowship from Mary and Clinton Gilliland.