" Destined for a very, very busy career – in opera, movies, God knows."
William Madison, author of Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life
NOTE FROM WES
Summer time! These last few months flew by and it is good to be back home in Brooklyn for a stint. We just wrapped our run of Rossini's William Tell and the performances were exhilarating. To mount this mammoth and rare work is truly an incredible feat and the Southern Illinois Music Festival is due praise all around. Bravi tutti!
Our Broadway Extravaganza with Opera Hong Kong was a huge hit and though our stay was short, we managed to explore and eat our way through the city. Also, the Elixir of Love with Gulfshore Opera received some great praise from the press and our concert La bohème with Norwalk Symphony was a smash.
Now I dive head on into rehearsals for the world premiere of Sara Fellini's new play, The Execution of Mrs. Cotton, performing at the IRT Theater this July. I'm really looking forward to joining up with Spit&Vigor for my professional New York theater debut to create the role of the New Orleans musician and feigning pirate captain Aquilla Quick-Manning. You can read more about it here.
I'll be concluding the season as Father Flynn in Cuomo's Doubt with Union Ave Opera in St Louis. I'll be joining a stellar cast led by Christine Brewer as Sister Aloysius, reprising the role she created in the world premiere with Minnesota Opera. This will be the first production of Doubt since its premiere in 2013.
Be sure to drop by the upcoming page to read more about my returns to Hawaii Opera Theatre and Nashville Opera and my Brooklyn Academy of Music debut for a world premiere opera.
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.)"
"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
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."
In the News
Wes talked to Opera Bro about his career, life, and goals. Listen here!