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"A gifted and fiercely committed young baritone" –Opera News

"A gifted and fiercely committed young baritone"
Opera News

Note from Wes
APRIL 2015

Hello Cowtown! I couldn’t be happier to be back with the Fort Worth Opera for my third season and role debut in Thomas’s Hamlet

We are already two weeks into rehearsals and let me just say: you DO NOT want to miss this production! FWO has really outdone themselves this time with the cast and creative team. We are working tirelessly to bring you all the finest production yet of this overlooked masterpiece and the atmosphere in the rehearsal room is absolutely electric.

Wes as Hamlet with Talise Trevigne as Ophelia.

Wes as Hamlet with Talise Trevigne as Ophelia.

It was an honor to be part of Hawaii Opera Theatre's smashing success as they ventured into their first contemporary opera last month with Jonathan Dove's Siren Song. Mr. Dove was in attendance for nearly every performance and was overjoyed with the production. Every show was packed with audience members and was met with standing ovations.

Next up, you can catch me in my role debut as Billy Bigelow in Carousel when I return to the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre this summer.

Finally, I am elated to share the news of more debuts this fall including Ping in Turandot with Nashville Opera and Sciarrone in Tosca with Dallas Opera, as well as understudy duties as Wendell Swann in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrance McNally's Great Scott, also with Dallas Opera. I will be covering my good friend Michael Mayes and joining an all-star cast that includes Joyce DiDonato, Frederica von Stade, Ailyn Pérez, Nathan Gunn and others.

See you on the road!

 

Before Night Falls
continues to intrigue

Becoming Reinaldo Arenas: Family, Sexuality, and the Cuban Revolution, published in April, includes this comment by author Jorge Olivares:

"I suspect that Arenas...would have have been delighted with the casting of Wes Mason, who embodied him on stage with charisma, confidence, and vigor. (I can hear the irreverent Arenas making libidinous remarks about the hunky baritone.)"
 

Fort Worth Opera
Hamlet

Wes joined Fort Worth Opera General Director Darren Keith Woods to give WFAA-ABC a sneak peak at this year's festival!

Wes also talked to Theater Jones and the Star-Telegram about the style of Thomas' opera and differences audiences may notice from the Shakespearean source material.

Trailer

 

In The Press

Elizabeth Kramer of The Courier-Journal talked with Wes in advance of his Kentucky Opera debut.

"Mason shook up the audience, coming across crass and growling. Brooding like Brando. A seething force." Bill Doolittle, LEO Weekly Read more reviews >

"Mason shook up the audience, coming across crass and growling. Brooding like Brando. A seething force." Bill Doolittle, LEO Weekly
Read more reviews >