Australian-American bass baritone Andrew Gray has been known as a house favorite at Michigan Opera Theatre, where he has led several gripping performances in such roles as the King in Aida, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Nourabad in The Pearl Fishers, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Colline in La bohème, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, Angelotti in Tosca, and Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music, all since his debut in Nabucco in 2009. Next up, Andrew joins Arizona Opera for their production of HMS Pinafore as Dick Deadeye, as well as Opera Naples as Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
|Bizet||The Pearl Fishers||Nourabad|
|Gilbert & Sullivan||The Mikado||Pooh-Bah|
|Mozart||The Magic Flute||Sarasto, Speaker, Papageno|
|Don Giovanni||Masetto, Leporello|
|Cosi fan tutte||Don Alfonso|
|Puccini||Madama Butterfly||Imperial Commissioner|
|Rossini||L’Italiana in Algeri||Haly|
|Rossini||Il barbiere di Siviglia||Bartolo, Basilio|
|Sondheim||A Little Night Music||Mr. Lindquist|
|Verdi||La Traviata||Marquis, Baron Duphol|
|Nabucco||Zaccaria, High Priest|
|Don Carlo||Phillip II|
Of his performance in The Mikado, The South End in Detroit writes, “The man who stuck out the most was Andrew Gray…He nailed those moments of self-admiration.” And as Colline, The Examiner exclaims, “what especially struck us was Andrew Gray’s moving performance as Colline, and the gem-like aria, Vecchia Zimarra, which he sings to the old coat pawned to help buy medicine for Mimi. Bravo.” Other recent engagements include The Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly and the King in Aida with Phoenix Opera, and the title role in Gianni Schicchi with Oberlin in Italy, Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro and The Bonze in Madama Butterfly with the Orlando Philharmonic, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Opera Naples, and Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with the Bar Harbor Music Festival.
Mr. Gray has also appeared frequently with Arizona Opera performing such roles as Angelotti in Tosca, Baron Duphol in La traviata, Elder Ott in Susannah, Haly in L’Italiana in Algiers, and Mr. Kofner in The Consul, among others with the notable company.
Additional roles in his repertoire include Mephistopheles in Faust, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Zaccaria in Nabucco, Philip II in Don Carlo, Banquo in Macbeth, Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra, and Blitch in Susannah. He is also noted for his recent emergence into the bel canto repertoire including such roles as the title role in Don Pasquale, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Don Bartolo and Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola.
Mr. Gray began his study of music at Northern Arizona University and studied voice at the University of Arizona. After receiving wonderful reviews for numerous roles, he was accepted into the Marrion Roose Pullen Arizona Opera Studio. Following that, he was invited to sing the title role of Gianni Schicchi for the Oberlin in Italy program in Arrezo, Italy, and became an apprentice artist at Michigan Opera Theater.