Wes Mason grew up in Norfolk, Virginia performing music and theater on school and community stages. Playing guitar and singing in rock and folk bands lead him to study classical voice and eventually to a career in opera. He has been fortunate to work with Paul Bogaev, Anne Bogart, Christine Brewer, Jake Heggie, Terrence McNally, Jack O’Brien, Ron Raines, Thaddeus Strassberger, Francesca Zambello, and many others. His favorite roles have included Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Curly in Oklahoma!, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Father Flynn in Doubt, the title roles in Eugene Onegin, Hamlet, and William Tell, as well as Reinaldo Arenas in the world premiere of Before Night Falls and Dax/Larry in the world premiere of Three Way. He’s a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts and the University of Michigan where he was presented the Earl V. Moore Award for outstanding contribution to the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Recently, he studied at the William Esper Studio under Suzanne Esper for their summer intensive. He is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Read more below!
What people are saying
"His kind of talent is destined for a very, very busy career--in opera, movies, God knows."
-William V. Madison, author of Madeline Khan: Being the Music, A Life.
"A gifted and fiercely committed baritone whose voice is spacious and reverberant."
“Wes Mason has the vocal and dramatic chops for the eponymous hero. Virile, handsome, energetic, he played Hamlet as more madcap than melancholic. This was a performance to remember.”
-Willard Spiegelman, Opera News
"Wes Mason has a gorgeous baritone, and great French."
-Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
"Mason’s resonant baritone conveys the uncontrolled physicality with which Stanley faces his world."
-Kathi E.B. Ellis, Arts-Louisville.com
"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. "
-Steve Callahan, Broadway World
"Wes Mason's virile baritone brought power and sex appeal to his lovable, puppy dog take on Marcello..."
-Michael Duzer, Stagehappenings.com
"As Billy Bigelow, Wes Mason has a robust, sharp-edged voice perfect for the role."
-Jam Wamsley, Deseret News
"When baritone Wes Mason opened Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! singing, "There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow," somewhere in the heavens, Gordon McRae must have fallen off his horse. Mason’s incomparable vocals and endearing characterization stoked but didn’t dominate the gifted cast."
-Robert Coleman, The Salt Lake Tribune
ENGAGEMENTs And awards
Wes has performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, the IRT Theater in Manhattan and will appear at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this season with American Opera Projects in addition to the Merkin Concert Hall with the American Modern Ensemble. Some previous company engagements include Baltimore Concert Opera, Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Gulfshore Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Kentucky Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Nashville Opera, Opera Delaware, Opera Hong Kong, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Naples, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater, and Virginia Opera, to name a few. He has been a finalist in the Opera Index Competition and received awards from The Sullivan Foundation, The Loren L. Zachary Society and the Metropolitan Opera National Council.