"A gifted and fiercely committed young baritone"
NOTE FROM WES
Greetings from Dallas, where we are in the midst of rehearsals for our final performance of Rossini and Company with the Dallas Opera! This time I'll be joined by mezzo soprano Sarah Mesko and Maestro Paolo Bressan, and will be singing favorites such as "Largo al factotum della città," "Come un'ape," and "Sois Immobile."
Later this month, I head to Opera Hong Kong for a Broadway Extravaganza concert featuring Meredith Lustig, Katie Dixon, Jonathan Blalock and Maestro Scott Terrell. The program will feature hits from musicals including West Side Story, The Phantom of the Opera, and Les Misérables.
In April, I'm off to the west coast of Florida for my professional debut of Belcore in L'elisir a'more with the Gulfshore Opera. And this summer, I'll be joining the Southern Illinois Music Festival to sing the title role in Rossini's rarely performed Guillaume Tell.
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
"Virile, handsome, energetic, he played Hamlet as more madcap than melancholic. Best of all, Mason endowed his character with lyrical grace as well as passion. He floated high notes as if whispering them...haunted, and haunting. This was a performance to remember.” –Opera News
Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre
Wes's Billy Bigelow received raves for his "robust, sharp-edge voice perfect for the role," as well as his "incredible vocal prowess with the strength and power required of the leading man."