Baritone BEN KAZEZ recently relocated from San Francisco to London to sing in the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, performing repertoire from Monteverdi Vespers and operas to Berlioz Damnation of Faust at the BBC Proms, Salzburg Festival, Versailles, Teatro La Fenice (Venice), Basilica of St Denis (Paris), the cathedrals of Pisa and Cremona, and Leipzig Gewandhaus. He is a Britten–Pears Young Artist and began his studies at Guildhall School of Music & Drama in autumn 2017.
Recent solo concert performances include Bach cantatas at Snape Maltings (England) with Mark Padmore and Dame Emma Kirkby’s “Dowland Works” project, as well as Brahms Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart Requiem and masses, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music, Barber’s Dover Beach, and many more.
On the operatic stage, Ben has sung Re di Scozia (Ariodante), Zoroastro (Orlando), Grand Priest (Marais’s Sémélé), and Don Basilio (Paisiello’s Barber of Seville). Upcoming concerts include Handel’s Theodora with Dame Sarah Connolly, Bach cantatas in Durham, and additional tours with the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Though he has always been singing, Ben holds a degree in computer science and has created language and travel apps that were featured in the New York Times, Financial Times, Guardian, BBC, CNN, and others. Keen to apply his entrepreneurial drive to his passion for music, Ben recently launched the Leipzig Cantata Project in San Francisco, which performed Bach cantatas to an audience of 200 people, most of them under 35 and new to Bach’s cantata repertoire. The profit from the project was redistributed to the artists.
Ben speaks French and Italian and is learning German and Spanish. When not singing, he enjoys learning languages, cooking, and eating.
Handel – Acis & Galatea (Polyphemus)
Handel – Ariodante (Re di Scozia)
Handel – Orlando (Zoroastro)
Marais – Sémélé (Grand Priest, Jupiter/Cadmus covers)
Monteverdi – L’Orfeo (Chorus)
Paisiello – Barber of Seville (Don Basilio)
Complete repertoire list available upon request
Bach – Christmas Oratorio
Bach – Magnificat in D
Bach – Mass in B Minor
Bach – St. John Passion (Arias/Christus)
Bach – St. Matthew Passion (Arias)
Bach – Cantatas 5, 18, 20, 43, 68, 76, 82 (Ich habe genug), 96, 98, 100, 101, 126, 135, 140 (Wachet auf), 146, 147 (Herz und Mund), 158 (Der Friede sei mit dir), 174, 203, 211 (Coffee), 214
Biber – Missa Salisburgensis
Beethoven – Choral Fantasy
Beethoven – Mass in C
Brahms – German Requiem
Buxtehude – Magnificat
Charpentier – Mass for Eight Voices
Fauré – Requiem
Handel – Esther
Handel – L’Allegro
Handel – Messiah
Haydn – Creation (Adam/Raphael)
Monteverdi – Vespers of 1610
Mozart – Requiem
Mozart – Mass in C