"A gifted and fiercely committed young baritone" –Opera News
Note from Wes
We are already two weeks into rehearsals and let me just say: you DO NOT want to miss this production! FWO has really outdone themselves this time with the cast and creative team. We are working tirelessly to bring you all the finest production yet of this overlooked masterpiece and the atmosphere in the rehearsal room is absolutely electric.
It was an honor to be part of Hawaii Opera Theatre's smashing success as they ventured into their first contemporary opera last month with Jonathan Dove's Siren Song. Mr. Dove was in attendance for nearly every performance and was overjoyed with the production. Every show was packed with audience members and was met with standing ovations.
Finally, I am elated to share the news of more debuts this fall including Ping in Turandot with Nashville Opera and Sciarrone in Tosca with Dallas Opera, as well as understudy duties as Wendell Swann in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrance McNally's Great Scott, also with Dallas Opera. I will be covering my good friend Michael Mayes and joining an all-star cast that includes Joyce DiDonato, Frederica von Stade, Ailyn Pérez, Nathan Gunn and others.
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.)"