Baritone Ben Kazez has performed in the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and as soloist at Barcelona’s Petit Palau, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, and London’s St John’s Smith Square and Milton Court. Read More…

Solo concerts include Bach and Handel under Vaclav Luks and Shunske Sato at Barcelona’s Petit Palau, Messiah at St John’s Smith Square in London, Handel Theodora at Snape Maltings with Dame Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn, Bach cantatas at Barcelona’s L’Auditori and with Mark Padmore at Snape Maltings, Dowland songs with Dame Emma Kirkby, Charpentier Reniement de St Pierre and Carissimi Jepthe at London’s Milton Court Concert Hall, Barber’s Dover Beach at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Charpentier Messe à 8 with Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival, Brahms German Requiem with San Jose Symphonic Chorus, and Bach B Minor Mass, and Handel L’Allegro and Esther with American Bach Soloists Festival.

Ben has sung in the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner with English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique at the Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms Royal Albert Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Venice’s Teatro La Fenice, and Versailles. In Ghislieri Coro e Orchestra, he has performed at Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Festival d’Ambronay, and recorded Jommelli and Gregorian chant for release on Arcana in 2020. He has also sung with Chanticleer alumni in 10-voice ensemble Clerestory, including a benefit concert hosted by Deborah Voigt and Susan Graham.

Operatic roles include Re di Scozia (Ariodante), Zoroastro (Orlando), and Grand Priest (North American premiere of Marais Sémélé). While at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Ben performed in scenes as Pollux (Castor et Pollux), Consalvo (Handel Almira), Dr Pangloss (Candide), and Sam (Trouble in Tahiti).

Ben’s 2019–20 season included Bach cantata solos in California, Messiah in Cincinnati, Pilate in Bach St John Passion at Amsterdam’s Westerkerk (cancelled due to the pandemic), and Petrus in Bach St Matthew Passion in Cleveland, Columbus, and Ann Arbor with Apollo’s Fire (cancelled due to the pandemic). In 2020–21 he was to sing Bach cantata solos with Cantata Collective and Fauré Requiem in San Luis Obispo, California (both cancelled due to the pandemic). Still on the schedule are a recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt in the chorus of Apollo's Fire and Bach Cantata 147, Charpentier Messe de minuit, and Vivaldi Gloria as soloist with Bach Collegium San Diego.

Ben Kazez graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College in 2007. He became a Britten–Pears Young Artist in 2016 and earned a Master of Music at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama on a scholarship in 2018. Before beginning to sing full time, Ben spent five years designing language and travel apps that the New York Times called “brilliant.” He speaks French and Italian.

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Why do the nations Messiah
Hier in meines Vaters Stätte Bach Cantata 32
Poliphême Clérambault

Upcoming Events

22 November 2020

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

28 November 2020

Palo Alto, California
Bach Cantatas
Cantata Collective

29 November 2020

Berkeley, California
Bach Cantatas
Cantata Collective

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

13 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

18 March 2021

St Paul’s Episcopal, Akron, Ohio
Handel Israel in Egypt
Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

19 March 2021

Rocky River Presbyterian, Cleveland
Handel Israel in Egypt
Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

20 March 2021

First Baptist Church, Cleveland
Handel Israel in Egypt
Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

20 March 2021

Temple Tifereth Israel, Cleveland
Handel Israel in Egypt
Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

13 May 2021

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

14 May 2021

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

15 May 2021

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

Recent Events

12 July 2020

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

11 July 2020

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

10 July 2020

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

9 July 2020

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

9 May 2020

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

10 April 2020

Westerkerk, Amsterdam
Pilate and 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
Bach cantatas in Barcelona, 2019