Praised by Opera News as a "gifted and fiercely committed young baritone...whose voice is spacious and reverberant", Wes Mason continues to be recognized for his vocal distinction and ability to disappear dramatically into his roles. This season sees several company and role debuts for Wes, including Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen with Syracuse Opera, Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles with both Baltimore Concert Opera and Delaware Opera, Achilla in Giulio Cesare with Opera Roanoke, Masetto in Don Giovanni with Opera Philadelphia, and both Curly in Oklahoma! and the Bishop in Les Misérables with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre.
Wes has been widely acclaimed for creating the role of Cuban dissident and poet Reinaldo Arenas in the 2010 world premiere of Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls with Fort Worth Opera. William Madison called his performance "a tour de force. Constantly onstage, he sang in a mellow, lustrous baritone while simultaneously acting, running, jumping, and dancing."
Previous engagements include Marcello in La bohéme with Fort Worth Opera, Masetto in Don Giovanni with Opera Naples, Moralès in Carmen with the Glimmerglass Festival, Mac and Frank Butler in Francesca Zambello's new production of Annie Get Your Gun, Le Dancaïre in Carmen with Michigan Opera Theatre, Valentin in Faust and both Schaunard and Marcello in La bohème with the Crested Butte Music Festival.
Mr. Mason is a 2013 Career Development Grant recipient from the Sullivan Foundation, a 2012 Opera Index Competition finalist, an Encouragement Award winner in the 2012 Loren L. Zachary Society Competition and a Second Place Regional Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2009.
A native of Norfolk, Virginia, he holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan and is a recent graduate of the esteemed Academy of Vocal Arts.