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 studied and performed the music of Charpentier with William Christie in Les Arts Florissants masterclasses, sang Valens in Handel’s Theodora under Christian Curnyn and Dame Sarah Connolly, and performed 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, Schumann’s Dichterliebe in San Francisco, and Charpentier 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

20 August 2022

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

26 August 2022

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

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9 September 2022

Chiesa di S. Sebastiano, Ronciglione, Italy
Massenzio 2035, Soloist
Stradella Y-Project
Andrea de Carlo, direction

10 September 2022

Palazzo Farnese, Caprarola, Italy
Massenzio 2035, Soloist
Stradella Y-Project
Andrea de Carlo, direction

11 September 2022

Chiesa di S. Sebastiano, Ronciglione, Italy
Massenzio 2035, Soloist
Stradella Y-Project
Andrea de Carlo, direction

12 September 2022

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

13 September 2022

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

14 September 2022

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

18 October 2022

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

20 November 2022

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

15 December 2022

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

17 December 2022

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

20 December 2022

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

8 January 2023

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

7 April 2023

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

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Recent performances

22 July 2022

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

15 April 2022

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

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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

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

“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