Baritone BEN KAZEZ began his 2014–15 season with a return to the American Bach Soloists Festival, where his performance of Handel’s L’Allegro under Jeffrey Thomas was deemed “remarkable” (SF Classical Voice). Other solo performances this season include Charpentier with Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival, Marais’s Sémélé (Cadmus and two covers) with American Bach Soloists Festival, Messiah with Cincinnati Boychoir, Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music at UC Davis’s Mondavi Center, Brahms’s German Requiem, Haydn’s Creation (Raphael/Adam), and Handel’s Acis and Galatea (Polyphemus) and Ariodante (King of Scotland).
Past concert appearances include solos in major works of Bach, Beethoven, Biber, Bruckner, Dvořák, Handel, Haydn, Schubert, Schütz, Monteverdi, Mozart, Weber, and Vaughan Williams. Additional stage performances include Handel’s Orlando (Zoroastro), Princess Ida (Arac), and Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady.
Throughout his performing career, Mr. Kazez has developed several award-winning mobile apps, receiving worldwide press recognition. He serves on the marketing committee for San Francisco Opera’s Merola program and is currently exploring apps to help build new audiences for classical music.
Mr. Kazez performs frequently in the Bay Area as soloist with many organizations including American Bach Soloists Festival, UC Davis Symphony, Masterworks Chorale, Peninsula Symphony, and Bay Choral Guild. He enjoys traveling, speaking Italian and French, cooking, and occasionally juggling.