Eric Owens

Eric Owens

Bass-baritone Eric Owens’ recent and upcoming engagements include a return to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Wotan in David Pountney’s new production of Wagner’s Die Walküre. He will also sing 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 Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen at the Glimmerglass Festival, where he will serve as Artist in Residence and Artistic Advisor. Concert appearances include Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti, and Verdi’s Requiem with both the National Symphony Orchestra, led by Gianandrea Noseda, and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. He last appeared with Music of the Baroque in September 2017.

Eric Owens launched the 2016-17 season with his role debut as Wotan in 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 Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de Loin, a new production of Rusalka under Sir Mark Elder, and a revival of Idomeneo conducted by James Levine, all of which were 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, a gala celebrating the Metropolitan Opera’s Fiftieth Anniversary at Lincoln Center, and performances as Orest in Strauss’ Elektra at the Verbier Festival and Méphistophélès in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He also gave a guest recital at the Cleveland Art Song Festival, performed recitals with Susanna Phillips for Washington Performing Arts and with Lawrence Brownlee at Lyric Opera of Chicago and William Jewell College, and appeared with the Chicago Symphony’s Negaunee Music Institute to present an interactive recital for incarcerated youth alongside Riccardo Muti and Joyce DiDonato.

He is featured on two Telarc recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: the Mozart Requiem and scenes from Strauss’ Elektra and Die Frau ohne Schatten, both conducted by Donald Runnicles. He is also featured on the Nonesuch Records release of A Flowering Tree.


Eric Ownes performs in The Mozart Requiem on September 15 and 16.