Ben Kazez
baritone

Ben Kazez has been praised for his “velvety and full voice” by Barcelona Clássica. He regularly performs as a soloist in Europe and the U.S., and has sung in the Netherlands Bach Society and the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Ben recently performed Charpentier under William Christie in Les Arts Florissants masterclasses, Valens in Handel’s Theodora under Christian Curnyn and Dame Sarah Connolly, and Handel’s Hercules under Václav Luks and Shunske Sato. In the 2021–22 season he sings Pilate and arias in Bach’s St John Passion in Amsterdam, Kuhnau’s Magnificat in a Vox Luminis atelier, and Charpentier Plaisirs de Versailles with Emmanuel Resche-Caserta.

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As an ensemble singer Ben has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, Teatro La Fenice, Westminster Cathedral, Palace of Versailles, and the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall.

Ben is passionate about the music of J.S. Bach and has performed the Passions (Christus, Pilatus, and arias), B Minor Mass, and 40 cantatas. During the pandemic he created a digital resource that Juilliard and other libraries use to help people learn about early vocal music. He is fluent in French and Italian.

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Upcoming performances

15 December 2022

La Seine Musicale, Paris
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Accentus
Insula orchestra
Laurence Equilbey, conductor

17 December 2022

Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp, Belgium
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Accentus
Insula orchestra
Laurence Equilbey, conductor

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20 December 2022

Brucknerhaus, Linz
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Accentus
Insula orchestra
Laurence Equilbey, conductor

26 December 2022

Westerkerk, Amsterdam
Zelenka Missa nativitatis Domini, soloist
Westerkerkkoor
JanJoost van Elburg, conductor

8 January 2023

Berkeley, California
Bach Schau, lieber Gott, BWV 153, soloist
Bach Sehet, welch eine Liebe, BWV 64, soloist
Cantata Collective

21 January 2023

Cal Poly Bach Week
Bach Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78, soloist
Tesserae Baroque
David Arrivée, conductor

21 January 2023

Cal Poly Bach Week
Bach Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78, soloist
Tesserae Baroque
David Arrivée, conductor

7 April 2023

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

5 May 2023

All Souls' Episcopal Church, San Diego
Bach and Handel soloist
Bach Collegium San Diego
Ruben Valenzuela, director

6 May 2023

Sts Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, San Diego
Bach and Handel soloist
Bach Collegium San Diego
Ruben Valenzuela, director

21 May 2023

Amare Concert Hall, The Hague
J. M. Haydn Requiem in c, MH 155
Mozart Missa in c, K. 427
Vox Luminis
B’Rock Orchestra
Caecilia Bernardini, concertmaster
Lionel Meunier, director

24 May 2023

De Singel, Antwerp
J. M. Haydn Requiem in c, MH 155
Mozart Missa in c, K. 427
Vox Luminis
B’Rock Orchestra
Caecilia Bernardini, concertmaster
Lionel Meunier, director

25 May 2023

Bozar, Brussels
J. M. Haydn Requiem in c, MH 155
Mozart Missa in c, K. 427
Vox Luminis
B’Rock Orchestra
Caecilia Bernardini, concertmaster
Lionel Meunier, director

Further performances to be announced soon

Recent performances

20 November 2022

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

18 October 2022

Grande Salle des Croisades, Château de Versailles
Monteverdi L’Orfeo
Les Epopées
Stéphane Fuget, direction

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14 September 2022

Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Altemps
Massenzio 2035, consort/soloist
Stradella Y-Project
Andrea de Carlo, direction

13 September 2022

Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Altemps
Massenzio 2035, consort/soloist
Stradella Y-Project
Andrea de Carlo, direction

12 September 2022

Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Altemps
Massenzio 2035, consort/soloist
Stradella Y-Project
Andrea de Carlo, direction

10 September 2022

Palazzo Farnese, Caprarola, Italy
Massenzio 2035, consort/soloist
Stradella Y-Project
Andrea de Carlo, direction

3 September 2022

St. Cyprian- und Corneliuskirche, Musikfest Bremen
Pachelbel Jauchzet dem Herrn, P 213, consort/soloist
Kuhnau Magnificat in C, consort/soloist
Vox Luminis Atelier
Lionel Meunier, director

26 August 2022

Grote Zaal, TivoliVredenburg, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht
CPE Bach Magnificat
JS Bach B Minor Mass (excerpts)
Netherlands Bach Society
Shunske Sato, direction

20 August 2022

St. Petri Dom, Musikfest Bremen
CPE Bach Magnificat
JS Bach B Minor Mass (excerpts)
Netherlands Bach Society
Shunske Sato, direction

22 July 2022

Festival de Beaune, France
Monteverdi L’Orfeo
Les Epopées
Stéphane Fuget, direction

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

“Remarkable.” San Francisco Classical Voice

Les Arts Florissants master class with William Christie in the Quartier des Artistes, Thiré, 2022
Charpentier Les plaisirs de Versailles with Emmanuel Resche-Caserta, violin. Musical direction by Marijana Mijanović and Florian Carré; stage direction by Kateryna Sokolova.
© 2021 Prangins Baroque / David Christiansson
Bach B Minor Mass in Provence
Photo credit: Julien Sabdes

Contact

ben@benkazez.com