Ben Kazez
baritone

American baritone Ben Kazez is a 2018 alumnus of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme. His zeal for baroque music has led to solo appearances in the U.S. and Europe under William Christie, Václav Luks, Shunske Sato, Christian Curnyn, Ruben Valenzuela, Mark Padmore, Dame Sarah Connolly, and Dame Emma Kirkby, and performances in the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

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Ben’s 2021/22 solo season includes Charpentier Leçon de ténèbre, Médée, and Les Arts Florissants excerpts under William Christie, Pilate and arias in Bach St John Passion at Westerkerk in Amsterdam, B Minor Mass in Provence, Charpentier Messe de minuit and In nativitatem Domini canticum with Bach Collegium San Diego, Schumann Dichterliebe in San Francisco, and Charpentier Les plaisirs de Versailles in Switzerland under Marijana Mijanović and Florian Carré. He also sings in Apollo’s Fire and Philharmonia Baroque, including Bach’s B Minor Mass under Richard Egarr.

Recent concert highlights include Bach Passions, Christmas Oratorio, B Minor Mass, Magnificat, and 39 Bach cantatas, at venues including Barcelona’s Petit Palau, Amsterdam’s Westerkerk, and Snape Maltings (U.K.). From the French baroque Ben has sung Charpentier Reniement de St Pierre and Rameau Aquilon et Orithie at Milton Court Concert Hall, Rameau Thétis at the Berkeley Jazz Conservatory, and Charpentier Messe à 8 at Tafelmusik’s summer festival. In London he sang Buxtehude cantatas at the London Handel Festival, Carissimi Jephte at Milton Court Concert Hall, and Messiah at St John’s Smith Square.

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, Versailles, Teatro La Fenice, Westminster Cathedral, and the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. In Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri he has sung at Amsterdam Concertgebouw and recorded for Arcana/Outhere.

Before turning to music full time, Ben created language and travel apps that were featured in the New York Times. During the pandemic Ben created a vocal music search engine that has been linked from the libraries at Juilliard, Yale, Stanford, and the Royal Academy of Music, and so far has helped 70,000 people learn about early vocal music.

Ben has appeared in master classes with Martin Katz, Max van Egmond, Peter Harvey, and James Gilchrist. He graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College (Minnesota) and is fluent in French and Italian.

Upcoming performances

27 May 2022

Cathédrale de Carpentras, Provence
Bach Mass in B Minor, soloist
Chœur du Luberon
Johan Riphagen, conductor

28 May 2022

Collégiale Saint Laurent, Salon-de-Provence
Bach Mass in B Minor, soloist
Chœur du Luberon
Johan Riphagen, conductor

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29 May 2022

Cathédrale de Forcalquier, Provence
Bach Mass in B Minor, soloist
Chœur du Luberon
Johan Riphagen, conductor

20 November 2022

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

19 December 2022

San Diego, California
Praetorius Christmas works TBA, soloist
Bach Collegium San Diego
Ruben Valenzuela, director

8 January 2023

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

Further performances to be announced soon

Recent performances

15 April 2022

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

11 April 2022

Quartier des Artistes, Thiré, France
Charpentier Leçon de ténèbres H. 122, soloist
Charpentier Médée, Créon excerpts
Charpentier Les arts florissants, La Discorde excerpts
William Christie, director

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31 March 2022

Noontime Concerts, San Francisco (streaming)
Bach Coffee Cantata, soloist
Albany Consort
Jonathan Salzedo, director

2 March 2022

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University
Mozart Coronation Mass, soloist
University Singers
Robert Huw Morgan, director

11 February 2022

Vallejo, California
Jacquet de La Guerre Le déluge, soloist
Bach Amore traditore, BWV 203, soloist
Albany Consort

5 February 2022

First Congregational Church, Berkeley, California
Bach Mass in B Minor
Philharmonia Baroque
Richard Egarr, director

4 February 2022

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

2 February 2022

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

29 January 2022

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

19 December 2021

San Diego, California
Charpentier Messe de minuit, soloist
Charpentier In nativitatem Domini canticum, H. 416, soloist
Bach Collegium San Diego
Ruben Valenzuela, director
Bach cantatas at CaixaForum, Barcelona, 2019

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

“Remarkable.” San Francisco Classical Voice

Charpentier with William Christie in the Quartier des Artistes, Thiré, 2022
Charpentier: Leçon de ténèbre pour le mercredi saint, H. 122
Charpentier: Noires divinités
From Médée
Bach: Betrachte, meine Seel
From Johannes-Passion
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

Contact

ben@benkazez.com