“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.”
Hailed by Opera News as “a gifted and fiercely committed baritone whose voice is spacious and reverberant,” Robert Wesley Mason has established himself as a strong, dramatic singer on stages throughout the country. Mason recently performed the role of Hannah Before in As One with Lyric Opera of Kansas City as well as Dax/Larry in the world première of Paterson and Cote’s Three Way with Nashville Opera. Additionally, he reprised the role of Billy Bigelow in Ken Page's production of Carousel with Union Avenue Opera, debuted at Carnegie's Weill Hall singing Paterson and Campbell's Crossing the Hudson, and appears this summer in Opera Saratoga's new production of The Consul as John Sorel. This fall, Wes returns to Nashville Opera as Charlie in Heggie’s Three Decembers.
Recently, he has performed a variety of roles in the opera and musical theatre repertoire at esteemed houses around the world. Highlights include Marcello in La bohème with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Fort Worth Opera, and Norwalk Symphony, Father Flynn in Doubt with Union Avenue Opera, Morales in Carmen with the Glimmerglass Festival, Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles with Opera Delaware, the title role in Guillaume Tell with Southern Illinois Music Festival, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Gulfshore Opera, the baritone soloist in Broadway Extravaganza with Opera Hong Kong, and the cover of Wendell in Great Scott with San Diego Opera and Dallas Opera, where he also performed Sciarrone in Tosca.
An established cross-over artist, Mason has played numerous musical theatre roles in his career including Billy Bigelow in Carousel with Utah Opera Festival, Curly in Oklahoma! with Maryland Live Arts and Utah Opera Festival, and Mac and Frank Butler (understudy) in Annie Get Your Gun with the Glimmerglass Festival, to name a few.
Additional highlights include the title role of Hamlet and the world première of Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls as Reinaldo Arenas with Fort Worth Opera, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire with Kentucky Opera, Ping in Turandot with Nashville Opera, Jonathan in Siren Song with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Masetto in Don Giovanni with Opera Philadelphia, Achilla in Giulio Cesare with Opera Roanoke, Escamillo in La Tragédie de Carmen with Syracuse Opera, and Schaunard in La bohème with Crested Butte Music Festival.
Mr. Mason has been featured on the recording of Three Way as Dax/Larry with Naxos and of Before Night Falls with Reinaldo Arenas with Albany Records. He has also received awards from the Sullivan Foundation, 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. He also studied at the William Esper Studio under Suzanne Esper for their summer acting intensive. He is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.