Baritone Ben Kazez initially studied computer science before embarking on a career in music, eventually becoming a Britten–Pears Young Artist and finishing postgraduate studies at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama in summer 2018.
In his 2018–19 season, Ben’s solo performances include Bach and Handel at Palau de la Musica, L’Auditori, and CaixaForum Barcelona; Bach St Matthew Passion (Christus and arias), Monteverdi Vespers, and Bach cantata 86 ‘Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch’ with Amsterdam’s Westerkerkkoor. Ben will also join the Monteverdi Choir for Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini under Sir John Eliot Gardiner at Opéra Royal (Versailles), BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall), and Berlin Philharmonie.
Upcoming solo performances in 2019–20 include Bach cantata in California, Pilate in Bach St Matthew Passion at Westerkerk, Amsterdam, and Fauré Requiem in California. In Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri, Ben sings Handel and Bononcini at the closing concert of the 40th Anniversary Festival d’Ambronay, followed by Mozart and Jomelli requiems at Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Recent solo concert performances include Handel Theodora under Dame Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn at Snape Maltings (England), Bach cantatas at Snape Maltings with Mark Padmore, Handel Messiah at St John’s Smith Square (London), Handel Acis and Galatea, Dowland Works under Dame Emma Kirkby, Carissimi Jepthe and Charpentier Reniement de St Pierre at Milton Court Concert Hall, and Buxtehude at London Handel Festival. Other solo concert repertoire includes Bach passions (Christus and arias) and Christmas Oratorio, Brahms German Requiem, Raphael and Adam in Haydn Creation, Mozart Requiem and masses, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music, Barber Dover Beach at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, and dozens of Bach cantatas.
Recent operatic roles include Re di Scozia in Handel Ariodante, Zoroastro in Handel Orlando, Grand Priest of Bacchus in the North American premiere of Marais Sémélé, and Don Basilio in Paisiello Barber of Seville with West Edge Opera (California). While at Guildhall Ben performed in scenes from Rameau Castor et Pollux (role of Pollux), Handel Almira (Consalvo), and Bernstein Candide (Dr Pangloss) and Trouble in Tahiti (Sam).
Since 2017 Ben has also sung with the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, including Monteverdi L’Orfeo, Poppea, and Ulisse with English Baroque Soloists at the Salzburg Festival and Venice’s Teatro La Fenice and Monteverdi Vespers at Chappelle Royale, Versailles. With Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique Ben has also sung Berlioz Damnation of Faust at the BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall) and Verdi Requiem at Vienna Musikverein and Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and in summer 2019 Ben will sing Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini at Versailles, Berlin Philharmonie, and BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall).
From 2007 to 2012 Ben worked as a creator of language and travel software, receiving awards and press recognition for “brilliant” communication (New York Times) and “elegance and simplicity” (USA Today) – qualities he aspires to bring to his music today.