Camron Gray is a native of Winchester, Tennessee who has performed solo recitals, concert repertoire, and opera across the United States since 2010. As a soloist, in recent years audiences have heard Mr. Gray at Opera Naples as Scalia in Scalia/Ginsburg (2020), The Glimmerglass Festival as Police Buddy #1 in the world premiere of composer Jeanine Tesori and librettist Tazewell Thompson’s new opera Blue, The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème, and with Michigan Opera Theatre as Vigilante George in The Grapes of Wrath (2019). Mr. Gray has been awarded and recognized with various scholarships such as being a District Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2018) and was a Albert Rees Davis Scholar from the S. Livingston Mather Scholarship Competition in Cleveland, OH.
Mr. Gray has also performed as an ensemble member in Show Boat with The Glimmerglass Festival, Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer and Bilodeau’s Another Brick in the Wall with Cincinnati Opera (2018), and various bit roles in performances at the University of Michigan (U-M). Mr. Gray completed both his Master of Music in Vocal Performance (2018) and the Specialist of Music Degree in Vocal Performance (2021) in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) at U-M. While attending U-M, Mr. Gray studied with distinguished Professor Emeritus George Shirley, Stanford Olsen, Richard Leech, and now currently studies with Daniel Washington. During his time at U-M, Mr. Gray debuted roles such as Tom Snout in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017), Larry Renault in William Bolcomb’s Dinner at Eight (2017), Robbins and Crab Man in the authoritative, fully-revised score of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (2018), El Gobernador in Bernstein’s Candide (2018), and Rodolfo in La Bohème (2019), Puccini’s beloved romantic tragedy. Throughout his studies at U-M, and prior at Tennessee Tech University (B.M. in Mus.Ed./B.A. in Spanish, 2014), Mr. Gray has participated in workshops and concerts for new works, Goldovsky-based stagecraft, and choral ensembles.
In 2018, Mr. Gray was fortunate to be a part of the ensemble assembled by the Toledo Symphony with world-renowned soprano Kathleen Battle in concert. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and tumult of the year 2020, Mr. Gray was to make his debut at Lincoln Center in New York, NY with The Mostly Mozart Festival in Blue (Tesori/Tazewell), return to Michigan Opera Theatre in Pagliacci (Mascagni), as well as participate in a concert of Black and African Diaspora Composers at U-M. While he hopes those performances are rescheduled in the near future Mr. Gray is excited to return to the stage Fall 2021 in Blue with Michigan Opera Theatre, and subsequently with Toledo Opera (2022) and as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, the timeless classic opera by Donizetti, with Opera Huntsville
(2022). Mr. Gray is a passionate singer, speaker, educator, and life-long student both on and off stage. He has studied and taught a variety of subject areas such as voice, acting, public speaking ; presentation, and as an advisor for Diversity, Equity ; Inclusion in opera. He is a passionate lover of music, language, education and loves to learn about people finding commonality and connection wherever he is. You can follow him at CamronGrayTenor.com as well as on social media!