Mason Gates returns as an associate member of OSJ’s resident company in the 2019-20 season, appearing as Dr. Blind (Strauss’s Die Fledermaus), and Ruiz (Verdi’s Il trovatore). Roles performed previously with OSJ include Beppe in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Flask in the company premiere of Heggie’s Moby-Dick, Goro in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Prunier in Puccini’s La rondine, the Steersman in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Gastone in Verdi’s La traviata, 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. In 2018, he was named Top 10 in the Brava! Opera Vocal Competition.
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).