||Orson Van GAY II
Tenor, Orson Van Gay II, possesses a unique voice that captivates the audience with his charisma and command of the stage for a singer of his generation. His performances showcase vocal talents that have brought him constant recognition throughout Los Angeles and in a number of productions with LA Opera’s educational outreach touring productions. In 2014, Orson was honored to star as the title role in LA Opera's educational outreach touring production “Orpehus.” He was delighted to return for the second season in 2015. In addition, he made his main stage debut in early 2015 with his brilliantly crass role as Bernard Curson (Cherubino) in LA Opera’s adaptation of Figaro 90210! He performed the lead role of Ben in Todd Goodman’s Opera, Night of the Living Dead, in Midland, PA, October 2015. Upon his return to LA, he sang the haunting role of Orlando in the Industry’s new production of Hopscotch November 2015. Most recently, he finished performing the leading role of Jack Johnson with LA Opera’s touring production of The Prospector and is scheduled to return Spring 2017.
Orson also is involved in community projects to showcase Opera at the local community level; some of which include the Italian American of Los Angeles (IAMLA), Jimmy Kimmel’s annual Italian Festival in Hollywood, California and the Voices of Hope Benefit Concert to name a few.
Orson has a Bachelor of Science in Vocal Performance from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. While in Virginia Orson performed in productions most notably Elixir of Love, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Fidelio, Carmen, The Tales of Hoffman, The Pirates of Penzance, and Lucia di Lamermoor. He performed the role of Prince in the world premier of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star. Orson was also honored as a state and regional winner in the Mid-Atlantic NATS competition for two consecutive years. Virginia Opera’s former Musical Director, Joe Walsh, candidly introduced Orson to an audience as a “hybrid” new voice that is not only able to sing classical music but effectively sings other styles as well. This versatility has proven to be a strong commodity with today’s increasing musical demands on Opera singers. A classical arts publication out of Virginia - - Artsongupdate - - described Orson's voice as: "there is a liquid silver tone in his lyric tenor voice and confident clarity of text"... "There is a compelling urgency in his tone that wins the listener's heart."..."Top notes were perfect and the vulnerability and beauty throughout caught us in the thrall of anticipated greatness for this young vocalist as he builds a career"
Orson is originally from Southern California where he began acting in several nationally recognized television series. He has featured in major television commercials for CBN, ABC, WVEC and starred on the Discovery Channel in a variety of episodes; as well as Investigation Discovery's (I.D.) “Wicked Attraction,” the opera singer on McDonald’s “Sip of Glee” commercials and played Lionel Richie on “Candidly Nicole.” Orson has also multi-faceted talents as a Pop/R&B singer/songwriter. He has been working on his own album, which is set to be released later this year. You can hear his new single “Surrender” on iTunes and discover the uncanny talents of this artist by visiting www.vanonny.com. It is as intrinsic and original as the inspiration upon which it arrives.