“brings a beautiful, expressive baritone voice to the role."
-Broadway World

“Virile, handsome, energetic…
This was a performance to remember.”
-Opera News

“…Gorgeous baritone...The vocal standout…”
-Dallas Morning News

“incomparable vocals and endearing characterization…”
-The Salt Lake Tribune


As Hannah Before in  As One . Production by Keturah Stickann. Photo by Ari Denison

As Hannah Before in As One. Production by Keturah Stickann. Photo by Ari Denison

American opera singer Robert Wesley Mason has been celebrated for his visceral story telling ability where he "deploys his mighty baritone to stunning effect, using interpretive phrasing and nuanced delivery” (Albany Times Union). This past season, Wes returned to Nashville Opera in his role debut as Charlie in Heggie and Scheer’s Three Decembers followed by another run of Three Decembers as well as Escamillo with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera. He went on to debut with Eugene Opera, reprising the role of Hannah Before in Kaminski, Campbell, and Reed’s As One; a role he first performed with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and will interpret again with Pensacola Opera this fall. This summer will saw two more company and role debuts as he joined Urban Arias for their production of Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters and West Edge Opera for the West Coast Premiere of Mazzoli and Vavrek’s Breaking the Waves as Jan Nyman.

As Escamillo in  Carmen . Production by Maria Todaro. Photo by Michael Vosburg.

As Escamillo in Carmen. Production by Maria Todaro. Photo by Michael Vosburg.

An acclaimed interpreter of modern works as well as the traditional cavalier baritone repertoire, past highlights include the title role in Hamlet with Fort Worth Opera, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire with Kentucky Opera, Father Flynn in Doubt with Union Avenue Opera, Jonathan in Siren Song with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Ping in Turandot with Nashville Opera, the title role in Guillaume Tell with the Southern Illinois Music Festival, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Gulfshore Opera, Masetto in Don Giovanni with Opera Philadelphia and Opera Naples, Achilla in Giulio Cesare with Opera Roanoke, Escamillo in La Tragédie de Carmen with Syracuse Opera, Marcello in La bohème with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Fort Worth Opera, and Norwalk Symphony, Schaunard in La bohème with the Crested Butte Music Festival, Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles with Opera Delaware and Baltimore Concert Opera, the baritone soloist in Broadway Extravaganza with Opera Hong Kong, Sciarrone in Tosca with Dallas Opera, and Morales in Carmen with the Glimmerglass Festival.

Wes has also performed as Billy Bigelow in Carousel with Union Avenue Opera and Utah Festival Opera, Curly in Oklahoma! with Maryland Live Arts and Utah Festival Opera, and Mac and Frank Butler (understudy) in Annie Get Your Gun with the Glimmerglass Festival. He participates in readings of new plays and musicals as often as possible.

As Dax/Larry 2018

As Dax/Larry 2018

Mr. Mason has been featured on the cast recordings of Three Way as Dax/Larry with Naxos and Before Night Falls as Reinaldo Arenas with Albany Records (credited as Wes Mason). He has also received awards from the Sullivan Foundation, The Loren L Zachary Society, and The Metropolitan Opera National Council. Wes graduated from 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.

As Reinaldo Arenas 2010

As Reinaldo Arenas 2010

“Curt.” She called him “Curt.”
Three Decembers

Each day I write you four little lines
Three Decembers

Votre Toast

Sois Immobile
Guillaume Tell

Broken Machines
The Companion

Audience Reaction
The Consul

If I Loved You (Reprise)


Two Nooses
When Adonis Calls

Hamlet Trailer

You Should Just Know...
A Streetcar Named Desire

L’orage c’est calmé (audio)
Les Pêcheurs de Perles

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