“Velvety and full voice…he delivered all his arias with great polish.” — Barcelona Clássica, 2019

American baritone Ben Kazez performs in the US and Europe in concert, opera, and ensemble settings, with a special focus on baroque music.

He has recently performed Handel’s Theodora at Snape Maltings under Dame Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn, Handel’s Hercules at Barcelona’s Petit Palau de la Música Catalana under Václav Luks and Shunske Sato, and Vivaldi’s Gloria with Bach Collegium San Diego. While living in London he sang Messiah at St John’s Smith Square, Charpentier Reniement de St Pierre and Carissimi Jepthe at Milton Court Concert Hall, and lutesong under Dame Emma Kirkby. He has also sung major works of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Brahms. In 2021–22 he sings Fauré’s Requiem in California, Messiah with Collegium Cincinnati, French cantatas in Switzerland, and an all-Charpentier program with Bach Collegium San Diego.

Ben Kazez singing as soloist at Caixa Forum in Barcelona
Bach cantatas in Barcelona, 2019

Ben’s love for J. S. Bach has led to performances of the Passions, Magnificat, B Minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio, and 35 cantatas. He has recently performed cantatas at Snape Maltings under Mark Padmore, at Barcelona’s Petit Palau de la Música Catalana under Václav Luks and Shunske Sato, and with Bach Collegium San Diego. During the pandemic he was to perform small solos in St Matthew Passion with Apollo’s Fire at Severance Hall and Pilate in St John Passion in Amsterdam’s Westerkerk.

On the operatic stage Ben has sung major roles in Handel’s Orlando and Ariodante, and in lesser-known works such as Paisiello’s Barbiere and the North American premiere of Marais’s Sémélé.

Alongside his solo career, in 2017 Ben joined the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner: first with Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, then with English Baroque Soloists at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice and the Salzburg Festival. Subsequent tours have included Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, Westminster Cathedral, Versailles, and the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall. In Italian ensemble Ghislieri, Ben has sung at Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Ambronay, and recorded for Arcana/Outhere. In 2021–22 he joins Apollo’s Fire for Messiah and Israel in Egypt.

During the pandemic Ben co-created the Vocal Music Instrumentation Index, which has helped more than 10,000 people discover new repertoire. It has been featured by music libraries at Juilliard, Royal Academy of Music, Stanford, and UC Berkeley.

Ben’s parents, a French teacher and cello professor, instilled in him an early love for languages and music. He sang as a boy soprano and then attended Carleton College, where he studied singing and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Ben then spent five years creating language and travel apps that the New York Times called “brilliant,” while studying with teachers from the San Francisco Opera. He trained at summer festivals, became a Britten–Pears Young Artist in 2016, and earned a master’s degree from London’s Guildhall School in 2018. He speaks fluent French and Italian.

Listen

The god of battle Handel Hercules
Sei mir willkommen BWV 36
Hier in meines Vaters Stätte BWV 32
Polyphème Clérambault
Why do the nations Messiah

Upcoming Events

10 September 2021

Temple de Prangins, Switzerland
Soloist in Clérambault Polyphème
Soloist in Charpentier Les plaisirs de Versailles
Marijana Mijanović, contralto
Emmanuel Resche-Caserta, violin
Florian Carré, harpsichord
Kateryna Sokolova, stage direction
Prangins Baroque

11 September 2021

Temple de Prangins, Switzerland
Soloist in Clérambault Polyphème
Soloist in Charpentier Les plaisirs de Versailles
Marijana Mijanović, contralto
Emmanuel Resche-Caserta, violin
Florian Carré, harpsichord
Kateryna Sokolova, stage direction
Prangins Baroque

21 November 2021

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

5 December 2021

Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati
Soloist in Handel Messiah
Collegium Cincinnati

8 December 2021

St Paul’s Episcopal, Akron, Ohio
Handel Messiah
Apollo’s Fire
Nic McGegan, conductor

9 December 2021

Federated Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Handel Messiah
Apollo’s Fire
Nic McGegan, conductor

10 December 2021

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

11 December 2021

First Baptist Church, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Handel Messiah
Apollo’s Fire
Nic McGegan, conductor

12 December 2021

St Raphael Catholic Church, Bay Village, Ohio
Handel Messiah
Apollo’s Fire
Nic McGegan, conductor

19 December 2021

San Diego, California
Soloist in Charpentier Messe de minuit
Soloist in Charpentier In navitatem domini canticum
Bach Collegium San Diego
Ruben Valenzuela, 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

Recent Events

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/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 1 in Bach St Matthew Passion
Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor
Cancelled due to Covid-19

3 April 2020

Severance Hall, Cleveland
Petrus & Choir 1 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

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

7 November 2018

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
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

18 September 2018

Westminster Cathedral, London
Verdi Requiem
Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

9 July 2018

Chilton Lodge, Berkshire, England
Polyphemus in Handel Acis and Galatea
Bishop’s Consort
Rt Revd Dr David Stancliffe, director

22 June 2018

Master of Music Recital, Milton Court Concert Hall, London
Bruhns Mein Herz ist bereit
Rameau Aquilon et Orithie
Schubert Lieder
Sashi Ayyangar, piano
Karin Cuéllar-Rendón, violin
Alice Trocellier, viola da gamba
Benedict Williams, continuo

3 May 2018

Milton Court, London
Historicus in Carissimi Jepthe
Historicus in Charpentier Le reniement de St Pierre
Guildhall Cantata Ensemble
James Johnstone, director

31 March 2018

Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England
Valens in Handel Theodora
Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme
Dame Sarah Connolly & Christian Curnyn, directors

21 March 2018

London Handel Festival, St. George’s, Hanover Square, London
Soloist in Buxtehude Cantata ‘Ich habe Lust abzuscheiden’ BuxWV 47
Soloist in Buxtehude Cantata ‘Cantate Domino’ BuxWV 12
Soloist in Buxtehude Cantata ‘Jesu, meine Freude’ BuxWV 60
Guildhall Cantata Ensemble
James Johnstone, director

24 February 2018

University of San Diego, California
Soloist in Bach Cantata 92 ‘Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn’
Soloist in Bach Cantata 102 ‘Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben’
Soloist in Bach Cantata 179 ‘Siehe zu, daß deine Gottesfurcht nicht Heuchelei sei’
Angelus Concert Series
Marianne Pfau, director