Hailed as “remarkable” by the San Francisco Classical Voice, baritone BEN KAZEZ is quickly gaining prominence as a captivating performer in both concert and opera.
Mr. Kazez’s concert repertoire of over 50 works includes Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Haydn Creation, Brahms German Requiem, Mozart Requiem, and Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music. He has appeared as soloist with Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival, Chamber Music Society of San Francisco at Herbst Theatre, American Bach Soloists Festival, Cincinnati Boychoir and Collegium, Bay Choral Guild, UC Davis Symphony at the Mondavi Center, Bay Choral Guild, National Association of Composers (SF), and many more. Also passionate about vocal chamber repertoire from the Renaissance to present day, he recently appeared with ten-voice Chanticleer alumni group Clerestory at Grace Cathedral’s Sing With Haiti, hosted by Deborah Voigt and Susan Graham.
Mr. Kazez’s ability to execute movement makes him especially compelling on stage. The San Francisco Examiner praised his “delightfully embellished” acting, and in 2016 he debuts with West Edge Opera as Don Basilio (Paisiello’s Barbiere di Siviglia). Other performances include Grand Priest (in the American premiere of Marais’s Sémélé), King of Scotland (Ariodante), Zoroastro (Orlando), Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea), and Bouncer (Cox and Box). Equally adept in musical theater, he has appeared as Arac (Princess Ida), Alfred P. Doolittle (My Fair Lady), and Captain White (Kern’s The Night Boat).
Throughout his performing career, Mr. Kazez has excelled as an award-winning mobile app creator, receiving worldwide critical acclaim. He has turned this talent toward creating apps to help musicians, such as InTune, which Voice Council Magazine deemed “ingenious.” Ben serves on the marketing committee for San Francisco Opera’s Merola program and enjoys traveling, cooking, and occasionally juggling. He is fluent in French and Italian.