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Lyric Opera of Kansas City: La Boheme

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“Along with outstanding sidekicks Ben Wager (whose admirably resonant and responsive bass made for a stand-out Colline)…”
-Sarah Tyrell, KCMetropolis.org (View Article)

“Ben Wager’s Colline and Marcus DeLoach’s Shaunard offered welcome, well-timed humor, making their mournful reactions more pitiful, especially Wager’s prayerful ‘Vecchia zimarra.'”
-Libby Hanssen, The Star, Kansascity.com (Download Article)

“…and Ben Wager as Colline were solidly effective, the latter singing his ‘ode to an overcoat’ (“Vecchia zimarra”) with a mixture of gravity and savvily detached humor.”
-Paul Horsley, The Independent (View Article)

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Washington Concert Opera: La Sonnambula

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Ben Wager clearly had fun Sunday in his role as Count Rodolfo. […] Mr. Wager’s acting skills—even in concert opera—combined with excellent phrasing and diction and a steady vocal attack, lent to his character a nearly perfect balance graciousness, forthrightness, and frustration, burnishing the light, comic moments of this opera.
– Terry Ponick, The Washington Times

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Dallas Opera: Don Giovanni

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Bass Ben Wager is lively as Masetto.
– Mike Silverman, The Canadian Press

Ben Wager as Masetto is macho in his role as Zerlina’s jealous fiancé. His forgiveness scene is both sexy and sweet.
– Marilee Vergati, Examiner.com

The reconciliation of Zerlina and Masetto (Ben Wager) is deliciously steamy in a manner seldom seen on the operatic stage.
– Wayne Lee Gay, D Magazine