" 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
Aloha from Honolulu, Hawaii! Rehearsals are already well underway for Puccini's La bohème here with Hawaii Opera Theatre. It's great to be returning to such a beautiful place to revisit the role of Marcello. Our cast and creative hail from all around the world and we are overjoyed to bring our bohemians to the Pacific.
This past season saw several company and role debuts including the title role in William Tell with the Southern Illinois Music Festival, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore with Gulfshore Opera, an off-off Broadway debut as Aquilla Quick-Manning in the world premiere of Sara Fellin's play The Execution of Mrs. Cotton, a Broadway Extravaganza concert with Opera Hong Kong, and Father Flynn in Union Avenue Opera's smash hit production of Coumo and Shanley's Doubt. Be sure to check out all the critical praise here.
Once things wrap here in Hawaii, I'll be returning to Nashville Opera for the world premiere of Robert Paterson's collection of one act operas, Three Way. I'll take on the lead baritone roles of Dax in The Companion and Larry in Masquerade. The casting is top notch, the subject matter intriguing and provocative, and Patterson's music paints it with passion and comedy. I'm beyond excited for this one and if you can't make it to Nashville be sure to catch the east coast premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
See you on the road!
IN THE NEWS
Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life includes this comment by author William V. Madison:
"[Kelli] O'Hara says she's inspired by Madeline's richly varied performing career. Young singers see Madeline the same way — like baritone Wes Mason, who performs both musical comedy and opera. One finds many of Madeline's most devoted admirers among performers."
Wes talked to Opera Bro about his career, life, and goals. Listen here!
"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 praise 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."
Broadway World raved, "Wes Mason is perfectly cast as Father Flynn. He's handsome and he brings a beautiful, expressive baritone voice to the role. Mason fills the priest with energy and a convincing sincerity. "