"A gifted and fiercely committed young baritone" –Opera News
Note from Wes
Greetings from the land of bourbon – Louisville, Kentucky! We are fast approaching our opening night of A Streetcar Named Desire and the anticipation is through the roof. Our team at Kentucky Opera is nothing short of top-notch, with intensely focused rehearsals filled with experimentation. This opera deserves a major spot in the repertoire and its reduced orchestration has opened up opportunities to countless opera houses. It has been a real privilege to prepare the iconic role of Stanley Kowalski – you can read my guest blog here!
Once we wrap here, I am off to begin rehearsals with Hawaii Opera Theatre for the haunting and beautiful chamber work Siren Song by Jonathan Dove. It focuses on the love letters of a sailor who is writing to a gorgeous model who may not be all she seems...
Soon after, it's back to Fort Worth Opera, an opera house that has become a second home in my heart, for my role debut in Hamlet.
This summer marks my return to the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater for yet another dream role, Billy Bigelow in Carousel!
a streetcar named desire
BEHIND THE SCENES
Enjoy this short and sweet peek of Streetcar from a patron party!
In The Press
Elizabeth Kramer of The Courier-Journal talked with Wes in advance of his Kentucky Opera debut.
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.)"