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 appearances include Bach cantatas at Palau de la Musica, L’Auditori, and CaixaForum Barcelona and one-voice-per-part performances of Bach St Matthew Passion (Christus and arias), Monteverdi Vespers under Bishop David Stancliffe at Ely Cathedral, and Bach cantata 86 ‘Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch’ at Amsterdam’s Oude Lutherse Kerk. Ben will also join the Monteverdi Choir for a fully staged production of Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini under Sir John Eliot Gardiner at Opéra Royal (Versailles) and BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall).
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 with Bishop’s Consort (England), and Dame Emma Kirkby’s Dowland Works. Ben also recently performed Buxtehude cantatas at London Handel Festival, and at Milton Court Concert Hall, Ben has sung Carissimi Jepthe, Charpentier Reniement de St Pierre, and a solo recital of Bruhns, Rameau, and Schubert. Other recent 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 36 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 he performed in scenes from Rameau Castor et Pollux (role of Pollux), Handel Almira (Consalvo), and Bernstein Candide (Dr Pangloss) and Trouble in Tahiti (Sam).
Upcoming performances in 2019–20 include requiems of Mozart and Jomelli at Amsterdam Concertgebouw in Ghislieri Orchestra and Chorus, Bononcini and Handel with Ghislieri at the closing concert of the 40th Anniversary Festival d’Ambronay (France), Bach cantata solos in California, a baroque recital in Germany, and Bach St Matthew Passion at Westerkerk, Amsterdam.
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 join the group again for 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.