"A gifted and fiercely committed young baritone"
Note from Wes
Wow. It has already been a year since I last wrote from this very same town of Logan, Utah. This season has been nothing short of spectacular and I have been fortunate to participate in so many outstanding productions.
Carousel is already on its feet here with Utah Opera Festival and Musical Theatre and the audiences have been a wave of cheers and sobs. It is a privilege to tell this story as Billy each night and one that is particularly special to me. This is a show that pulls no punches when exposing the human element, flaws and all. There is a reason Rodgers and Hammerstein changed everything for theatre with their work.
Following the run of Carousel I'll be heading back to the Seagle Music Colony for its 100 year anniversary as well as to sing the title role in the workshop of an intriguing new work, Roscoe. After four invaluable summers of growth and training on that little hill in Schroon Lake, it is difficult to find the right words to do justice to what it means to return.
The next season is already shaping up with some exciting role and company debuts. Things start off in Tennessee with my debut as Ping in Turandot with Nashville Opera. Then, it is off to Texas to participate as understudy in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrance McNally's Great Scott with Dallas Opera. Following Great Scott will be my debut with Dallas as Sciarrone in Tosca as well as a concert of Rossini highlights with the Dallas Opera Orchestra under the direction of acclaimed conductor Peter Manning in the Winspear Opera House.
Thank you for your continued support and see you on the road!
Utah Festival OPERA
and Musical Theatre
Wes's Billy Bigelow is receiving 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."
Fort Worth Opera
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.)"