“Come Paride vezzoso”, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore
“L’orage s’est calmé”, Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles
Crosby Stills and Nash’s Find the Cost of Freedom (A Cappella)
Hailed by Opera News as “a gifted and fiercely committed baritone whose voice is spacious and reverberant,” Wes Mason has established himself as a strong, dramatic singer on stages throughout the country. Mason recently performed the roles Dax/Larry in the world première of Robert Patterson’s opera Three Way, which he reprises this season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He also reprises the role of Billy Bigelow in Carousel with Union Avenue Opera; sings Robert Paterson’s Crossing the Hudson with American Modern Ensemble at Carnegie Hall; and performs John Sorel in The Consul with Opera Saratoga, and Amos King in a NYC reading of All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go, composed by Jimmy Roberts, which is being directed by Hannah Ryan, the Resident Director of Hamilton.
Recently, Mason has performed a variety of roles in the opera and musical theatre repertoire at esteemed houses around the world. Highlights include Marcello in La bohème with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Fort Worth Opera, and Norwalk Symphony; Father Flynn in Doubt with Union Avenue Opera; Morales in Carmen with the Glimmerglass Festival; Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles with Opera Delaware; the title role in Guillaume Tell with Southern Illinois Music Festival; Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Gulfshore Opera; the baritone soloist in Broadway Extravaganza with Opera Hong Kong; and the cover of Wendell in Great Scott with San Diego Opera and Dallas Opera, where he also performed Sciarrone in Tosca.
An established “cross-over” artist, Mason has played numerous musical theatre roles in his career including Billy Bigelow in Carousel with Utah Opera Festival, Curly in Oklahoma! with Maryland Live Arts and Utah Opera Festival, and the cover for the role of Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun with the Glimmerglass Festival.
Additional highlights include the title role of Hamlet and the world première of Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls as Reinaldo Arenas with Fort Worth Opera, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire with Kentucky Opera, Ping in Turandot with Nashville Opera, Jonathan in Siren Song with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Masetto in Don Giovanni with Opera Philadelphia, Achilla in Giulio Cesare with Opera Roanoke, Escamillo in La Tragédie de Carmen with Syracuse Opera, and Schaunard in La bohème with Crested Butte Music Festival.
Mason has been featured on the recording of Three Way as Dax/Larry with Naxos and of Before Night Falls with Reinaldo Arenas with Albany Records. He has also been awarded by the Sullivan Foundation, Loren L Zachary Society, and The Metropolitan Opera National Council.
Wes graduated from the Academy of Vocal Arts and the University of Michigan where he was presented the Earl V. Moore Award for outstanding contribution to the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. He also studied at the William Esper Studio under Suzanne Esper for their summer acting intensive. He is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.