The celebrated American bass-baritone’s successes in Wagner roles include the Dutchman (Washington) and Alberich (Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, DVD). This season he returns to the Met for another major Wagner role, Hagen/Götterdämmerung, and reprises Porgy (Amsterdam). In recent seasons Owens has triumphed at the Met in three other roles: Vodník/Rusalka (new production), Jaufré/ Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin (new production, company premiere), and Orest/Elektra (new production), all seen worldwide in HD. Recent highlights also include Méphistophélès/The Damnation of Faust with the New Zealand Symphony and Orest at the Verbier Festival; Philip II/Don Carlo (Opera Philadelphia); and bass soloist/Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Berlin Philharmonic). Owens earned repeated successes premiering contemporary works, such as Goldenthal’s Grendel (Los Angeles), John Adams’s A Flowering Tree (Vienna’s New Crowned Hope Festival, CD) and Doctor Atomic (San Francisco, DVD, CD). Owens’s operatic versatility encompasses The Magic Flute (Paris); Norma (Covent Garden); Rigoletto and Il trovatore (Los Angeles); and Macbeth, Lost in the Stars, and The Rape of Lucretia (Glimmerglass Festival, where Owens has been artistic adviser since 2017). The Houston Grand Opera Studio alumnus serves Lyric as a Community Ambassador and the Curtis Institute as co-director of the Curtis Vocal Studies Department and Curtis Opera Theatre.
Previously at Lyric: Seven roles since 2007/08, most recently The Wanderer (Wotan)/ Siegfried (2018|19), Wotan/ Die Walküre (2017|18); Wotan/Das Rheingold (2016|17); Porgy/Porgy and Bess (2014|15).
Last updated: November 3, 2018
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