“Velvety and full voice…he delivered all his arias with great polish.” Barcelona Clássica

Baritone Ben Kazez has performed as soloist in Europe and North America under Václav Luks, Christian Curnyn, Dame Sarah Connolly, Mark Padmore, and Ruben Valenzuela. He has also sung in the Monteverdi Choir (Sir John Eliot Gardiner) at the Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms Royal Albert Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and Berlin Philharmonie, and Versailles.   More

Ben’s love for J.S. Bach has led to solo performances in the Passions, B Minor Mass, and 35 cantatas. As a Britten–Pears Young Artist he sang Bach cantatas under Mark Padmore (Snape Maltings, UK), and at Petit Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona) he sang Bach under Václav Luks and Shunske Sato. During the pandemic he recorded Bach’s Cantata 147a Herz und Mund for a stream with Bach Collegium San Diego, and in 2022 he returns to Europe to sing Pilate and arias in St John Passion at Amsterdam’s Westerkerk.

Ben is fluent in French and recently sang Clérambault’s Polyphème and Charpentier’s Les plaisirs de Versailles (Switzerland), Charpentier’s Le reniement de St Pierre and Rameau’s Aquilon et Orithie (Milton Court Concert Hall, London), and Charpentier’s Messe de minuit and In nativitatem Domini canticum (Bach Collegium San Diego). He has also sung Charpentier’s Messe à 8 at Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival.

Ben singing Charpentier in Switzerland

Other recent solo performances include Handel’s Theodora (as a Britten–Pears Young Artist under Dame Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn), Handel’s Hercules at Petit Palau de la Música Catalana (Václav Luks and Shunske Sato), Vivaldi’s Gloria (Bach Collegium San Diego), and Messiah (St John’s Smith Square, London), and Schumann’s Dichterliebe in San Francisco. He has also performed Dowland song under Dame Emma Kirkby and Buxtehude cantatas at the London Handel Festival.

In the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Ben has sung works from Monteverdi Vespers to Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini at the Salzburg Festival, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, Chapelle Royale and Opéra Royal de Versailles, Teatro La Fenice, Westminster Cathedral, and Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms). He has also sung/recorded with Apollo’s Fire under Nicolas McGegan and Jeannette Sorrell, Italy-based Ghislieri at Festival d’Ambronay and Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale under Richard Egarr.

During the pandemic, Ben co-created the Vocal Music Instrumentation Index, a search engine for vocal music. Since its launch in 2021, it has been featured by Juilliard, Curtis, Royal Academy of Music (London), Yale, and Stanford, and is now visited 80,000 times per year.

Ben graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College and spent the first five years of his career creating language and travel apps that the New York Times called “brilliant.” He became a Britten–Pears Young Artist in 2016 and earned a master’s degree from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2018. He is fluent in French and Italian.

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Polyphème Clérambault
Why do the nations Messiah

Upcoming Events

29 January 2022

Alice Tully Hall, New York
Bach B Minor Mass
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Richard Egarr, director
Cancelled due to Covid-19

2 February 2022

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University
Bach B Minor Mass
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Richard Egarr, director

4 February 2022

Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Bach B Minor Mass
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Richard Egarr, director

5 February 2022

Berkeley, California
Bach B Minor Mass
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Richard Egarr, director

11 February 2022

Invitation Only, California
Soloist in Jacquet de La Guerre Le deluge
Comus in Charpentier Les plaisirs de Versailles
Lully Armide, Act 5 (excerpts)
Albany Consort
Jonathan Salzedo, director

17 February 2022

St Paul’s Episcopal, Akron, Ohio
Handel Israel in Egypt
Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

18 February 2022

St Raphael Catholic Church, Bay Village, Ohio
Handel Israel in Egypt
Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

19 February 2022

Temple Tifereth–Israel, Beachwood, Ohio
Handel Israel in Egypt
Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

20 February 2022

First Baptist Church, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Handel Israel in Egypt
Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

15 April 2022

Westerkerk, Amsterdam
Pilate and arias in Bach St John Passion
Westerkerkkoor
JanJoost van Elburg, conductor

27 May 2022

Luberon, Provence, France
Soloist in Bach B Minor Mass
Chœur du Luberon
Johan Riphagen, conductor

28 May 2022

Luberon, Provence, France
Soloist in Bach B Minor Mass
Chœur du Luberon
Johan Riphagen, conductor

29 May 2022

Luberon, Provence, France
Soloist in Bach B Minor Mass
Chœur du Luberon
Johan Riphagen, conductor

20 November 2022

SLO Performing Arts Center, California
Soloist in Fauré Requiem
San Luis Obispo Master Chorale
Thomas Davies, conductor

Recent Events

2 January 2022

Berkeley, California
Soloist in Bach Cantata 153 “Schau, lieber Gott”
Soloist in Bach Cantata 64 “Sehet, welch eine Liebe”
Cantata Collective
Cancelled due to Covid-19

19 December 2021

San Diego, California
Soloist in Charpentier Messe de minuit
Soloist in Charpentier In nativitatem Domini canticum, H. 416
Bach Collegium San Diego
Ruben Valenzuela, director

18 December 2021

San Diego, California
Soloist in Charpentier Messe de minuit
Soloist in Charpentier In nativitatem Domini canticum, H. 416
Bach Collegium San Diego
Ruben Valenzuela, director

10 December 2021

Cleveland Museum of Art
Handel Messiah
Apollo’s Fire
Nic McGegan, conductor

5 December 2021

Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati
Soloist in Handel Messiah
Collegium Cincinnati
Cancelled due to Covid-19

21 November 2021

SLO Performing Arts Center, California
Soloist in Fauré Requiem
San Luis Obispo Master Chorale
Thomas Davies, conductor
Cancelled due to Covid-19

12 September 2021

Temple de Prangins, Switzerland
Soloist in Clérambault Polyphème
Comus in Charpentier Les plaisirs de Versailles
Marijana Mijanović, contralto, artistic director
Emmanuel Resche-Caserta, violin
Florian Carré, harpsichord
Prangins Baroque

11 September 2021

Temple de Prangins, Switzerland
Soloist in Clérambault Polyphème
Comus in Charpentier Les plaisirs de Versailles
Marijana Mijanović, contralto, artistic director
Emmanuel Resche-Caserta, violin
Florian Carré, harpsichord
Prangins Baroque

10 September 2021

Temple de Prangins, Switzerland
Soloist in Clérambault Polyphème
Comus in Charpentier Les plaisirs de Versailles
Marijana Mijanović, contralto, artistic director
Emmanuel Resche-Caserta, violin
Florian Carré, harpsichord
Prangins Baroque

17 August 2021

Calvary Presbyterian, San Francisco
Schumann Dichterliebe
Maria Lukarska, piano

12 December 2020

San Diego, California
Soloist in Bach Cantata 147a “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben”
Soloist in Vivaldi Gloria
Bach Collegium San Diego
Ruben Valenzuela, director

29 November 2020

Berkeley, California
Bach Cantatas
Cantata Collective
Cancelled due to Covid-19

28 November 2020

Palo Alto, California
Bach Cantatas
Cantata Collective
Cancelled due to Covid-19

9 May 2020

Festival Monteverdi, Cremona Cathedral
Jommelli Requiem
Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri
Giulio Prandi, conductor
Cancelled due to Covid-19

26 April 2020

Fauré & Poulenc Songs
San Luis Obispo Master Chorale
Thomas Davies
Cancelled due to Covid-19

10 April 2020

Westerkerk, Amsterdam
Pilate and arias in Bach St John Passion
Westerkerkkoor
JanJoost van Elburg, conductor
Cancelled due to Covid-19

5 April 2020

UMS Series, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor
Petrus & Choir I in Bach St Matthew Passion
Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor
Cancelled due to Covid-19

3 April 2020

Severance Hall, Cleveland
Petrus & Choir I in Bach St Matthew Passion
Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor
Cancelled due to Covid-19

23 February 2020

Westerkerk, Amsterdam
Soloist in Bach Cantata 22 “Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe”
Westerkerkkoor
JanJoost van Elburg, conductor

8 December 2019

Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati
Soloist in Handel Messiah
Collegium Cincinnati
Kent Tritle, conductor

7 December 2019

Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati
Soloist in Handel Messiah
Collegium Cincinnati
Kent Tritle, conductor

16 November 2019

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Mozart Requiem
Jommelli Requiem
Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri
Giulio Prandi, conductor

3 November 2019

St. Mary Magdalen, Berkeley, California
Soloist in Bach Cantata 22 “Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe”
Cantata Collective

6 October 2019

Closing Concert, Festival d’Ambronay & France.tv
Bononcini Te Deum
Handel Coronation Anthems
Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri
Giulio Prandi, conductor

8 September 2019

Opéra Royal, Palace of Versailles
Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini
Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

2 September 2019

BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall
Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini
Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

31 August 2019

Berlin Philharmonie
Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini
Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

29 August 2019

Festival Berlioz, La Côte-St-André
Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini
Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

7 August 2019

St Oswald’s, Durham, England
Soloist in Monteverdi Vespers
Bishop’s Consort
David Stancliffe, director

16 July 2019

Petit Palau, Palau de la Musica
Hercules (excerpts) in Handel Hercules
Mercury in Bach Cantata 213 “Laßt uns sorgen”
Ensemble BZM
Václav Luks, conductor

3 July 2019

Saint-Denis Festival, Basilique de Saint-Denis, Paris
Verdi Requiem
Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

26 May 2019

Westerkerk, Amsterdam
Soloist in Bach Cantata 86 “Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch”
Westerkerkkoor
JanJoost van Elburg, director

4 April 2019

St Andrew’s Corbridge, Durham, England
Christus & Choir 1 Soloist in Bach St Matthew Passion
Bishop’s Consort
David Stancliffe, director

17 March 2019

Berkeley, California
Soloist in Bach Cantata 78 “Jesu, der du meine Seele”
Soloist in Bach Cantata 125 “Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin”
Cantata Collective
Pacific Boychoir

5 March 2019

CaixaForum, Palma de Mallorca
Soloist in Bach Cantata 22 “Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe”
Soloist in Bach Cantata 32 “Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen”
Ensemble BZM
Daniel Tarrida, director