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Jul 9, 2016
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Jul 23, 2016
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Jul 27, 2016
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WES MASON

BILLY BIGELOW, CAROUSEL
OVINGTON, HOW TO SUCCEED...

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 Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire with Kentucky Opera, Jonathan in Siren Song with Hawaii Opera Theater, and the title role in Hamlet with Fort Worth Opera.

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 Philadelphia, Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles with both Baltimore Concert Opera and Opera Delaware, Achilla in Giulio Cesare with Opera Roanoke, as well as Valentin in Faust and both Schaunard and Marcello in La bohème with the Crested Butte Music Festival.

He has been a finalist in the Opera Index Competition and has received awards from The Sullivan Foundation, The Loren L. Zachary Society and the Metropolitan Opera National Council.

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, he holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the esteemed Academy of Vocal Arts.

 
 
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