Bay Area native Mason Gates received his Bachelors of Music from Brigham Young University, and his Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Two-time recipient of the encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mason was a festival artist at Utah Festival Artist, as well as a vocal fellow at the esteemed Music Academy of the West.
Recent operatic roles include Jonathan Dale (Silent Night), Alfred (Die fledermaus), The Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer), Nanki-Poo (The Mikado) the title role of Albert Herring, Basilio/Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro), El Remendado (Carmen), The Man with Old Luggage (Postcard from Morocco), Spoletta (Tosca), Grigori (Boris Godunov), Rodolfo (La Boheme), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), and Edwin the Defendant (Trial by Jury). He has most recently been seen performing with Lamplighters, Livermore Valley Opera, Opera San Jose, and Utah Opera. He is currently a resident artist with Opera San Jose.
Equally comfortable on the concert and recital stage, Mason has been a featured soloist with the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Mount Diablo Symphony, the Masterworks Chorale, and Utah Symphony Orchestra, performing such concert works as Handel's Messiah, Berlioz Roméo et Juliette, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart's C Minor Mass, and Mozart's Requiem.