Baritone Ben Kazez recently relocated from San Francisco to London to sing in the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, performing repertoire from Monteverdi Vespers and operas to Berlioz Damnation of Faust at the BBC Proms, Salzburg Festival, Versailles, Teatro La Fenice (Venice), Basilica of St Denis (Paris), the cathedrals of Pisa and Cremona, and Leipzig Gewandhaus. He is a Britten–Pears Young Artist and will finish his postgraduate studies at Guildhall School of Music & Drama in summer 2018.
Recent solo concert performances include Handel’s Theodora under Dame Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn at Snape Maltings (England), Bach cantatas at Snape Maltings (England) with Mark Padmore, and Dame Emma Kirkby’s “Dowland Works” project. Ben has also performed Brahms Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart Requiem and masses, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music, Barber’s Dover Beach, and many more.
On the operatic stage, Ben has sung Re di Scozia (Ariodante), Zoroastro (Orlando), Grand Priest (Marais’s Sémélé), and Don Basilio (Paisiello’s Barber of Seville). Upcoming concerts include additional tours with the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner.