American baritone Ben Kazez's rich vocal sound, repertoire diversity, and musical expression has made him versatile soloist, performing solo early music, opera, and art songs in a variety of settings. Recent performances include Handel at the 2013 American Bach Soloists Festival under conductor Jeffrey Thomas, Bach with internationally acclaimed pianist Martin Katz, Bruhns with acclaimed baroque violinist Robert Mealy, Biber with world-renowned baroque baritone Max van Egmond, and others. In fall 2013 he appears as featured soloist with San Francisco City Chorus, as Dandini in Rossini's opera La Cenerentola, and with Chanticleer alumni in Clerestory.
Ben has extensive performance experience in a variety of classical repertoire styles and periods, including:
* German: Schubert, Schumann, Bach, Mahler, Mozart
* Italian: Rossini, Mozart, opera of all sorts, Handel, Monteverdi, Puccini
* French: Debussy, Fauré, Chausson, Bizet
* Czech: Dvorak, Haas
* English: Vaughan Williams, Copland, musical theater
* Early music: Bach, Handel, Monteverdi, madrigals of all sorts
* Contemporary: currently sings with Clerestory (Chanticleer alumni)
As a church/synagogue singer, Ben is baritone soloist at Trinity Episcopal Church (San Francisco) and has sung bar mitzvahs and Shabbat services at Temple Emanu-El (San Francisco), Cathedral of Christ the Light (Oakland, CA), and Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah at Temple Beth El (Omaha) as part of a guest vocal quartet. He has coached with internationally acclaimed musicians such as Martin Katz, William Sharp, Max van Egmond, Mark Morash, Jeffrey Thomas, and Judith Malafronte, and he currently studies voice with Sheri Greenawald at the San Francisco Opera Center.
Please contact me now so we can work together to create special programs designed for each occasion: classical songs set to meaningful poetry, opera arias with inspiring dramatic contexts, and so on.
My voice is a true operatic voice and does not require amplification, except in very large outdoor settings where orchestras would need amplification as well. Please note that I do require a pianist/organist/harpsichordist (and the instrument) for accompaniment, though I can refer several great players.