Eric Owens, bass-baritone

The New York Philharmonic

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Eric Owens by Dario Acosta

Bass-baritone Eric Owens has a unique reputation as an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music. Equally at home in orchestral, recital, and operatic repertoire, he brings his powerful poise, expansive voice, and instinctive acting faculties to stages around the world. In the 2017–18 season Mr. Owens returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago to make his role debut as Wotan in David Pountney’s new production of Wagner’s Die Walküre. He also sings Filippo II in Verdi’s Don Carlo at Washington National Opera, Don Basilio in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at Houston Grand Opera, Enrico in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at Canadian Opera Company, and the Forester in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen at the Glimmerglass Festival, where he serves as artist-in-residence and artistic advisor. Concert appearances include Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti; Verdi’s Requiem with both the National Symphony Orchestra, led by Gianandrea Noseda, and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra; and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Music of the Baroque. Eric Owens launched the 2016–17 season as Wotan in David Pountney’s new production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He sang a trio of operas at The Metropolitan Opera that included The Met premiere of Kaijo Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin, a new production of Rusalka, and a revival of Mozart’s Idomeneo, all broadcast through The Met’s Live in HD series. Concert highlights included joining Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic for performances as Wotan in Das Rheingold and of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which he also performed at the Cincinnati May Festival as its artist-in-residence, Orest in Richard Strauss’s Elektra at the Verbier Festival, and Méphistophélès in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He served as the New York Philharmonic’s Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence in the 2015–16 season.

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