Ben Kazez, baritone, graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College (Minnesota) and begins his postgraduate studies at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama in fall 2017.
Ben’s upcoming engagements in 2017–18 include Handel’s Theodora with Sarah Connolly (England), Dowland Works with Dame Emma Kirkby and tours as a member of the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner: Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Ulisse, Poppea, and Vespers with English Baroque Soloists (Salzburg Festival, Venice, Paris, Pisa, Cremona) and Mendelssohn and Brahms with Gewandhaus Orchestra (Leipzig).
As a Britten–Pears Young Artist, he recently performed Bach cantata solos with Mark Padmore (England). Other recent solo performances include Charpentier’s Messe à 8 with Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival (Toronto), a Bach aria recital (Lyon, France), Bach cantatas with trumpeter John Thiessen (San Francisco) and Barber Dover Beach at Herbst Theatre (San Francisco). Earlier solo performances include Bach Christmas Oratorio and passions, Brahms Requiem, Messiah, Haydn Creation, Mozart Requiem and masses and Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music. Operatic performances include Re di Scozia Ariodante, Zoroastro Orlando and Grand Priest Sémélé (Marais).
Ben is fluent in French and Italian and is learning German and Spanish.