Most recently Mr. Gradus was seen at the Metropolitan Opera as Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni with North Carolina Opera. Since his debut at the Met, Mr. Gradus has sung over one hundred and fifty performances with the company. His many roles there include Giorgio in I Puritani, Timur in Turandot, the Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila, the King in Aida, and Garibaldo in Rodelinda opposite Renée Fleming. He has also starred in seven productions of The Met: Live in HD series; as Colline in La Bohème (twice), Duglas in La Donna del Lago, Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, Wallace in La Fnciulla del West (twice), and Le Duc de Verone in Romeo et Juliette.
The event is sponsored by the Congregation Beth El.