Baritone BEN KAZEZ graduated from Carleton College and started his music career in San Francisco. He is a Britten–Pears Young Artist and begins his postgraduate studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the fall.
This summer Ben joins the Monteverdi Choir in Europe, singing all three Monteverdi operas under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. The summer tours also include a collaboration with Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and finish with Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust at the BBC Proms, all under Gardiner. Other upcoming engagements include Dowland Works with Dame Emma Kirkby and Handel’s Theodora with Sarah Connolly.
Ben’s earlier solo performances include Bach cantatas with Mark Padmore, Bach passions and Christmas Oratorio, Brahms Requiem, Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart Requiem and masses, and Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music. His operatic roles include Re di Scozia in Ariodante, Zoroastro in Orlando, and Grand Priest in Marais’s Sémélé.
Ben is fluent in French and Italian and is learning German and Spanish.