"Gifted and fiercely committed" --Joshua Rosenblum
Note from Wes
It was a rigorous winter, with lots of back and forth between my home in Philadelphia and New York, where I worked closely with Emmy and Oscar award winner Paul Bogaev on the stylistic nuance of modern broadway.
Spring productions have brought me further south -- first to Baltimore, where I joined the passionate and supportive folks of the Baltimore Concert Opera for our sold out concert version of Les Pêcheurs de perles, featuring live silk paintings by Lee Zimmerman.
We then took the same production of Les Pêcheurs de perles to Opera Delaware, where it was met with more overflowing crowds. Audience members shared their insights and enthusiasm regarding the melding of live music with live art -- a unique and engaging experience for the senses!
After we wrapped, I jumped on a plane to join the cast of Giulio Cesare at Opera Roanoke in my home state of Virginia. I cannot begin to tell you how great it was to see the Blue Ridge Mountains again.
It has been a joy to sing such varied repertoire this season, with Mozart and Rodgers and Hammerstein still to come! If you'd like to read my reflections on my experiences on the road and beyond, be sure to check out my new blog.
WDBJ7 says "Handel's Julius Caesar in Egypt is not only his grandest opera, it is one of the greatest character dramas in music."
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.)"