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"A gifted and fiercely committed young baritone" –Opera News


Note from Wes
February 2015

Greetings from the land of bourbon – Louisville, Kentucky! We are fast approaching our opening night of A Streetcar Named Desire and the anticipation is through the roof. Our team at Kentucky Opera is nothing short of top-notch, with intensely focused rehearsals filled with experimentation. This opera deserves a major spot in the repertoire and its reduced orchestration has opened up opportunities to countless opera houses. It has been a real privilege to prepare the iconic role of Stanley Kowalski – you can read my guest blog here!

Once we wrap here, I am off to begin rehearsals with Hawaii Opera Theatre for the haunting and beautiful chamber work Siren Song by Jonathan Dove. It focuses on the love letters of a sailor who is writing to a gorgeous model who may not be all she seems... 

Soon after, it's back to Fort Worth Opera, an opera house that has become a second home in my heart, for my role debut in Hamlet.

This summer marks my return to the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater for yet another dream role, Billy Bigelow in Carousel!

What a season and what a journey it has been so far. Be sure to check out the recent blog I wrote along with my buddy Jiyang Chen about our holiday recitals with Caramoor, complete with photos!

I visited New Orleans to get a feel for Stanley Kowalski's world, including this the old boarding house at 722 Toulouse Street where Tennessee Williams lived and wrote A Streetcar Named Desire.

I visited New Orleans to get a feel for Stanley Kowalski's world, including this the old boarding house at 722 Toulouse Street where Tennessee Williams lived and wrote A Streetcar Named Desire.

 

a streetcar named desire
BEHIND THE SCENES

Enjoy this short and sweet peek of Streetcar from a patron party!

In The Press

Elizabeth Kramer of The Courier-Journal talked with Wes in advance of his Kentucky Opera debut.

"Mason shook up the audience, coming across crass and growling. Brooding like Brando. A seething force." Bill Doolittle, LEO Weekly Read more reviews >

"Mason shook up the audience, coming across crass and growling. Brooding like Brando. A seething force." Bill Doolittle, LEO Weekly
Read more reviews >

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.)"