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Lauded for his rich bass voice and compelling storytelling, Vincent Graña has delighted audiences across the country. He has performed with Opera Santa Barbara as Noye in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, the officer in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Colline in their 25th anniversary season production of Puccini’s La Bohème. He has since reprised the role of Colline with Pacific Opera Project and Dayton Opera. With Dayton Opera he also performed Zuniga (Carmen). Other previous engagements include Simone (Gianni Schicchi) with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with the Aspen Opera Center as a Fellowship Artist, Spanish Sailor and Gardiner cover (Moby Dick) with Opera San Jose, and both Il Priore in Bellini’s La Straniera and Podestà in Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra with Teatro Nuovo. During the 2021/2022 season he debuted the role of Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Opera Theater Rutgers with whom he will be reprising the role of Colline (La Bohème) this winter. Mr. Graña will be returning to Teatro Nuovo this summer to perform Mirabolano in Crispino e La Comare.
Mr. Graña is equally as comfortable on the concert stage. With the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, he has performed Bach’s Cantata 80, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Handel’s Messiah, and Rafael and Adam in Haydn’s The Creation. His concert repertoire also includes Mozart's Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, Brahms' Vier Ernste Gesänge, and Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death.
Mr. Graña has been a Philadelphia District Winner and a Los Angeles District Encouragement Award recipient in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He has also received multiple grants from Southern California’s Opera Buffs.
He received his B. M. Magna Cum Laude in Music Education and an M.M. in Vocal Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he is currently a DMA candidate. At Rutgers, Mr. Graña has received many awards for academic and performing achievements including the Presser Foundation Award and the Michael Fardink Memorial Award. He has also trained under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival, renowned artist Samuel Ramey at the Crested Butte Music Festival, and with legendary coach Joan Dornemann at the International Vocal Arts Institute in New York, Montreal, and Tel Aviv.