"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.
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 Anne Bogart, Christine Brewer, Jake Heggie, Jack O’Brien, Terrence McNally, 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. 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.
“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
"A gifted and fiercely committed baritone whose voice is spacious and reverberant." -Opera 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 (Curly) opened Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! singing, "There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow," somewhere in the heavens, Gordon McRae (who played Curly in the 1955 movie version) 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
PREVIOUS COMPANY ENGAGEMENTs And awards
Dallas Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Hong Kong, Fort Worth Opera, Nashville Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Michigan Opera Theatre, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Opera Delaware, Utah Opera Festival & 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.