Who am I?
I am an actor, singer, and writer who was born and raised in the tidewater town of Norfolk, Virginia. Growing up, I could be found strumming my guitar at local coffee houses, performing roles like Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors and Stephen in Line at my local high school, and singing in the professional chorus with Virginia Opera. I enjoy doing impressions ranging from Littlefinger to Marlon Brando and playing hard rock, blues, and folk (harmonizing is a regular past time). Some of my previous 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 (recording available here) and Dax/Larry in the world premiere of Three Way (cast recording coming soon). I am fortunate to have worked with Paul Bogaev, Anne Bogart, Christine Brewer, Jake Heggie, Heidi Marshall, Terrence McNally, Jack O’Brien, Ken Page, Ron Raines, Thaddeus Strassberger, Francesca Zambello, and many others. I graduated from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and the University of Michigan where I was presented the Earl V. Moore Award for outstanding contribution to the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Additionally, I studied at the William Esper Studio under Suzanne Esper for their summer intensive. Currently, I call Brooklyn, New York home with my soon to be wife, the super talented dream weaver extraordinaire, Heather La Kor. 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
I have performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, the IRT Theater and Merkin Concert Hall in Manhattan, The Brooklyn Academy of Music as well as recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville. Some previous company engagements include American Opera Projects, 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. I have 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.