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

Baritone Ben Kazez enjoys an active career in concert, opera, and especially early music, with solo performances in Europe and North America under Dame Sarah Connolly, Václav Luks, Christian Curnyn, Shunske Sato, and Mark Padmore. Read More…

Recent solo concerts include Handel’s Theodora at Snape Maltings (Dame Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn), Handel’s Hercules at Barcelona’s Petit Palau (Václav Luks and Shunske Sato), Vivaldi and Bach with Bach Collegium San Diego (Ruben Valenzuela), and Dowland songs (Dame Emma Kirkby). Performances of Bach passions with Westerkerkkoor (Amsterdam) and Apollo’s Fire (Severance Hall) were cancelled due to the pandemic, but 2021–22 solo concerts include Messiah with Collegium Cincinnati and Fauré Requiem in California.

Ben is an avid performer of cantatas. He has sung Bach cantatas under Mark Padmore, Václav Luks, Shunske Sato, and Ruben Valenzuela, at Snape Maltings, L’Auditori, and Petit Palau de la Musica. At London Handel Festival he performed Buxtehude cantatas, and he has sung French cantatas at London’s Milton Court and the California Jazz Conservatory.

Ben has also sung in the Monteverdi Choir (Sir John Eliot Gardiner) at the Salzburg Festival, Versailles, Vienna Musikverein, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall). In Ghislieri Coro e Orchestra he has sung at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and recorded on Arcana. In 2021–22 Ben will join Apollo’s Fire for Messiah (Nic McGegan) and Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Jeannette Sorrell).

Ben’s operatic roles include Re di Scozia (Ariodante), Zoroastro (Orlando), and Grand Priest (Marais Sémélé at American Bach Soloists Festival). While at London’s Guildhall School, Ben performed in scenes from Castor et Pollux, Candide, Trouble in Tahiti (Sam), and Handel’s Almira.

Ben has studied art song with Martin Katz, Eugene Asti, and Peter Grunberg, with whom he performed a recital of Schubert and Pavel Haas. With Chamber Music Society of San Francisco he sang Barber’s Dover Beach at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, and in 2021 he will sing Fauré and Poulenc in recital in California.

Ben is passionate about making baroque repertoire more accessible to audiences and performers. With trumpeter John Thiessen and violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock he created a concert pairing Bach cantatas with German food and wine, which drew 200 people — nearly half of them under 35. During the pandemic, Ben and flautist Anne Charrier created the Vocal Music Instrumentation Index, which so far has helped over 10,000 people find new repertoire by instrumentation, key, meter, and text.

Ben Kazez grew up in Ohio listening to his father practice Bach cello suites. He sang musical theater roles as a boy soprano but studied computer science at Carleton College, graduating magna cum laude. Ben interned at Apple and spent five years creating language and travel apps that the New York Times deemed “brilliant.” Ben became a Britten–Pears Young Artist in 2016 and earned a Master of Music from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2018. 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
Why do the nations Messiah

Upcoming Events

17 July 2021

St Bede’s, Menlo Park, California
Albany Consort
Jonathan Salzedo, harpsichord/director

12 September 2021

Fauré & Poulenc Songs
San Luis Obispo Master Chorale
Thomas Davies

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

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

28 November 2020

Palo Alto, California
Bach Cantatas
Cantata Collective

9 May 2020

Festival Monteverdi, Cremona Cathedral
Jommelli Requiem
Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri
Giulio Prandi, conductor

26 April 2020

Fauré & Poulenc Songs
San Luis Obispo Master Chorale
Thomas Davies

10 April 2020

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

5 April 2020

UMS Series, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor
Petrus & Choir 1 in Bach St Matthew Passion
Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

3 April 2020

Severance Hall, Cleveland
Petrus & Choir 1 in Bach St Matthew Passion
Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

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 (one per part) in Bach Cantata 92 ‘Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn’
Soloist (one per part) in Bach Cantata 102 ‘Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben’
Soloist (one per part) in Bach Cantata 179 ‘Siehe zu, daß deine Gottesfurcht nicht Heuchelei sei’
Angelus Concert Series
Marianne Pfau, director
Bach cantatas in Barcelona, 2019