Mason Taylor, countertenor, is a fellow with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, pursuing a Master of Music in Vocal Performance. In the Fletcher Institute productions this year, Taylor will be featured as Sesto in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s "La clemenza di Tito." He is also scheduled to be featured as the contralto soloist alongside soprano, Jodi Burns, in Pergolesi’s "Stabat mater" at Sedge Garden United Methodist Church in 2020.
Prior to his time as a Fletcher Fellow, Taylor initially studied as a high tenor while pursuing his bachelor’s degree at UNCSA. It was at this time he had the pleasure of singing the roles of Vezinet and Achille di Rosalba in Nino Rota's "Il cappello di paglia di Firenze" with the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute.
He made his official countertenor debut in December 2017 as a soloist in the Winston
Salem Mozart Club’s annual presentation of Handel’s "Messiah" under the baton of Maestro
At the age of fifteen, he was approached with his first professional contract after singing for a master class led by Maestro Peter Mark and Joseph Walsh. Subsequently, he was the youngest chorister with Lyric Opera of Virginia during their opening production of Giuseppe Verdi’s "La traviata."
Taylor has performed in the opera chorus for various productions with Piedmont Opera, The AJ Fletcher Opera Institute and The Princeton Festival. He is currently a Choral Scholar and Substitute Organist at Sedge Garden United Methodists Church in Kernersville, North Carolina. He completed his Bachelor of Music in May, 2018, under the tutelage of Dr. Marilyn Taylor with whom he continues to study.
B.M. Vocal PerformanceUNC School of the Arts