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

American baritone Ben Kazez recently performed Theodora at Snape Maltings (England) under Dame Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn, Bach’s Hercules at Petit Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona) under Václav Luks and Shunske Sato, Vivaldi’s Gloria with Bach Collegium San Diego, and Messiah at St John’s Smith Square (London). He has also sung major works of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, and Bach, including 35 Bach cantatas.

In the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Ben has sung at the Salzburg Festival, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, Chapelle Royale de Versailles, Teatro La Fenice, Westminster Cathedral, and Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms). In Italy-based Ghislieri he has sung at Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and in 2021–22 he joins Apollo’s Fire. …  More

Ben’s 2021–22 season includes Schumann’s Dichterliebe in San Francisco, French cantatas in Switzerland, Fauré Requiem in California, Messiah with Collegium Cincinnati, and Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit with Bach Collegium San Diego.

During the pandemic lockdowns, Ben created a vocal repertoire search tool that has been featured by music libraries at Juilliard, Royal Academy of Music, Stanford, and UC Berkeley.

Ben spent the first five years of his career creating mobile apps that the New York Times called “brilliant.” He became a Britten–Pears Young Artist in 2016 and earned a master’s degree 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 BWV 32
Sei mir willkommen BWV 36
Polyphème Clérambault
Why do the nations Messiah

Upcoming Events

5 December 2021

Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati
Soloist in Handel Messiah
Collegium Cincinnati
Cancelled due to Covid-19

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

18 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

18 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

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

2 January 2022

Berkeley, California
Soloist in Bach Cantatas 153 and 64
Cantata Collective

29 January 2022

Alice Tully Hall, New York
Bach B Minor Mass
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Richard Egarr, director

2 February 2022

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

4 February 2022

Berkeley, California
Bach B Minor Mass
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Richard Egarr, director

5 February 2022

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

12 February 2022

Palo Alto, California
Soloist in Jacquet de La Guerre Le deluge
Comus in Charpentier Les plaisirs de Versailles
Lully Armide, Act 5 (excerpts)
Albany Consort
Jonathan Salzedo, 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

27 May 2022

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

28 May 2022

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

29 May 2022

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

20 November 2022

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

Recent Events

21 November 2021

SLO Performing Arts Center, California
Soloist in Fauré Requiem
San Luis Obispo Master Chorale
Thomas Davies, conductor
Cancelled due to Covid-19

12 September 2021

Temple de Prangins, Switzerland
Soloist in Clérambault Polyphème
Comus in Charpentier Les plaisirs de Versailles
Marijana Mijanović, contralto, artistic director
Emmanuel Resche-Caserta, violin
Florian Carré, harpsichord
Prangins Baroque

11 September 2021

Temple de Prangins, Switzerland
Soloist in Clérambault Polyphème
Comus in Charpentier Les plaisirs de Versailles
Marijana Mijanović, contralto, artistic director
Emmanuel Resche-Caserta, violin
Florian Carré, harpsichord
Prangins Baroque

10 September 2021

Temple de Prangins, Switzerland
Soloist in Clérambault Polyphème
Comus in Charpentier Les plaisirs de Versailles
Marijana Mijanović, contralto, artistic director
Emmanuel Resche-Caserta, violin
Florian Carré, harpsichord
Prangins Baroque

17 August 2021

Calvary Presbyterian, San Francisco
Schumann Dichterliebe
Maria Lukarska, piano

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