Bass-baritone Eric Owens’ recent and upcoming engagements include his role debut as Wotan in Wagner’s Das Rheingold at Lyric Opera of Chicago; a trio of operas at Metropolitan Opera that include Saariaho’s L’amour de Loin, a new production of Rusalka under Sir Mark Elder, and Idomeneo conducted by James Levine; recitals with Susanna Phillips at Carnegie Hall and Lawrence Brownlee at Lyric Opera of Chicago; a gala celebrating the Metropolitan Opera’s 50th anniversary at Lincoln Center; an interactive recital for incarcerated youth with Riccardo Muti, Joyce DiDonato, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute; and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Le Coq d’Or with Santa Fe Opera. He last appeared with Music of the Baroque in November 2015.
Other recent operatic appearances include Orest in a new production of Elektra with Metropolitan Opera, Stephen Kumalo in Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars with Washington National Opera, the title role in the world premiere of Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel with Los Angeles Opera and again at the Lincoln Center Festival, the role of General Leslie Groves in the world premiere of Doctor Atomic at San Francisco Opera, and the Storyteller in the world premiere of A Flowering Tree at Peter Sellars’ New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna and later with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Concert highlights of recent seasons include an evening of jazz standards featuring the music of Billy Eckstine and Johnny Hartman at the Kennedy Center; collaborations with the New York Philharmonic as the Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, including a tribute to legendary African-American singers and their legacy titled In Their Footsteps, a concert of Strauss selections and excerpts from Act 3 of Wagner’s Die Walküre conducted by Alan Gilbert, and a festive concert celebrating the holiday season; performances of Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the St. Louis Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra; Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges with the Bayerischer Rundfunk; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; and Dvorák’s Stabat Mater with the Cleveland Orchestra.
Eric Owens’ career operatic highlights include Alberich in Metropolitan Opera’s “Ring” cycle directed by Robert Lepage; his San Francisco Opera debut in Otello conducted by Donald Runnicles; his Royal Opera, Covent Garden debut in Norma; Vodnik in Rusalka at Lyric Opera of Chicago; the title role in Handel’s Hercules with the Canadian Opera Company; Aida at Houston Grand Opera; Rigoletto, Il trovatore, and La bohème at Los Angeles Opera; Die Zauberflöte in his Paris Opera (Bastille) debut; and Ariodante and L’incoronazione di Poppea at English National Opera. He sang Collatinus in a highly-acclaimed Christopher Alden production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at the Glimmerglass Festival.
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 Elijah on September 16 and 17.