Baritone Ben Kazez has performed in the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and as soloist at Barcelona’s Petit Palau, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, and London’s St John’s Smith Square and Milton Court. Read More…

Ben’s 2019-20 season includes Bach cantatas in California, Pilate in Bach St Matthew Passion at Amsterdam’s Westerkerk, and Fauré Requiem in California. Ben also joins Ghislieri Coro e Orchestra for the closing concert of Festival d’Ambronay (live streamed on France Musique and France.tv) and Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Solo concert highlights include Bach and Handel under Vaclav Luks and Shunske Sato at Barcelona’s Petit Palau, Messiah at London’s St John’s Smith Square, Handel Theodora at Snape Maltings with Dame Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn, Bach cantatas at Barcelona’s L’Auditori and under Mark Padmore at Snape Maltings, Dowland songs with Dame Emma Kirkby, Charpentier Reniement de St Pierre and Carissimi Jepthe at Milton Court Concert Hall, Barber’s Dover Beach at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Charpentier Messe à 8 with Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival, Brahms German Requiem with San Jose Symphonic Chorus, and Bach B Minor Mass, and Handel L’Allegro and Esther with American Bach Soloists Festival.

Ben has sung in the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner with English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique at the Salzburg Festival, Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), Vienna Musikverein, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Venice’s Teatro La Fenice, and Versailles. He has also sung with Chanticleer alumni in 10-voice ensemble Clerestory, including a benefit concert hosted by Deborah Voigt and Susan Graham.

Operatic roles include Re di Scozia (Ariodante), Zoroastro (Orlando), and Grand Priest (North American premiere of Marais Sémélé). While at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Ben performed in scenes as Pollux (Castor et Pollux), Consalvo (Handel Almira), Dr Pangloss (Candide), and Sam (Trouble in Tahiti).

Ben Kazez graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College in 2007. Before beginning to focus on music full time, he spent five years designing language and travel apps that the New York Times deemed “brilliant.” He became a Britten–Pears Young Artist in 2016, earned a Master of Music at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2018, and now divides his time between Europe and the San Francisco Bay Area. He is fluent in French and Italian.

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The God of Battle Handel Hercules
Hier in meines Vaters Stätte Bach Cantata 32
Poliphême Clérambault

Upcoming Events

16 November 2019

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

17 November 2019

Kreuzkirche Herne, Germany & WDR3 Radio
Jommelli Miserere
Jommelli Requiem
Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri
Giulio Prandi, conductor

7 December 2019

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

8 December 2019

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

23 February 2020

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

10 April 2020

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

26 April 2020

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

9 July 2020

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

10 July 2020

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

11 July 2020

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

12 July 2020

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

Recent Events

3 November 2019

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

2 November 2019

All Saints Episcopal, Palo Alto, 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

12 May 2019

Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Soloist in Bach Cantata 6 ‘Bleib bei uns’
Bishop’s Consort
David Stancliffe, 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

3 March 2019

CaixaForum, Barcelona
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

20 January 2019

L’Auditori, Sala 2, Barcelona
Soloist in Bach Cantata 23 ‘Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn’
Soloist in Bach Cantata 44 ‘Sie werden euch in den Bann tun’
Ensemble BZM
Pau Jorquera, conductor

13 January 2019

San Francisco Bay Area
Soloist in Bach Cantata 205 ‘Der zufriedengestellte Äolus’ (excerpts)
Soloist in Monteverdi Madrigals
Albany Consort
Jonathan Salzedo, harpsichord and director

12 January 2019

San Francisco Bay Area
Soloist in Bach Cantata 205 ‘Der zufriedengestellte Äolus’ (excerpts)
Soloist in Monteverdi Madrigals
Albany Consort
Jonathan Salzedo, harpsichord and director

11 January 2019

San Francisco Bay Area
Soloist in Bach Cantata 205 ‘Der zufriedengestellte Äolus’ (excerpts)
Soloist in Monteverdi Madrigals
Albany Consort
Jonathan Salzedo, harpsichord and director

7 November 2018

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Verdi Requiem
Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

2 November 2018

Müpa Budapest
Verdi Requiem
Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

1 November 2018

Vienna Musikverein
Verdi Requiem
Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

1 November 2018

Philharmonie Gasteig, Munich
Verdi Requiem
Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

30 October 2018

KKL Lucerne
Verdi Requiem
Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Bach cantatas in Barcelona, 2019