Andrew Owens



Winner of the Zarzuela prize at the Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition, American tenor Andrew Owens has quickly built a reputation as a promising singer of his generation, exhibiting a beautiful Italianate timbre, soaring top notes, and effortless agility. In the 2020-2021 season, Mr. Owens returns to Theater an der Wien for his role debut as Jakob Glock in Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel and as Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro. He also makes his house debut at Opernhaus Zürich as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor and his debut at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy, as Aménophis in Moïse et Pharaon. Previously scheduled engagements include singing Bénédict in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict at Opéra National de Lyon and Rodolfo in La bohème in concert with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Owens made his house debut at Irish National Opera as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola and returned to Theater an der Wien as First Jew in Salome. On the concert stage, he sang the tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah with the North Carolina Symphony, conducted by Grant Llewellyn. He had also been scheduled to join the New Generation Festival in Andermatt, Switzerland, as Basilio.

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“Andrew Owens, bushy of beard and bouncy of demeanor, sings Bénédict’s busy, declarative music with brio; he has a sharp comic sense which enlivens his every scene.”

Roger Downey

Opera Today

“Andrew Owens performed so effortlessly that his high notes sounded routine. If there was a highlight among his continually breathtaking performance, it would be the famous aria “Si, ritrovarla io giuro.””

Greensboro News & Record

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“Andrew Owens’ facile tenor and marvelous range of expressions keep his Almaviva constantly amusing.”

The News & Observer 

“Andrew Owens possessed a powerful, yet supple, tenor voice capable of tossing off the Rossini high notes with ease.”

Der Neue Merker

“Andrew Owens, as Don Ramiro, served up classic Italian lyricism and attacked the high-D fearlessly.”

Der Standard

“So brilliantly did he shine in excerpts from Guillaume Tell and L’Italiana in Algeri as a secure, high Rossini tenor – wow! – such tenors are in demand.”

Der Neue Merker

“As Rodolfo, Andrew Owens let out such radiant high notes that the garret shook.”

Wiener Zeitung

“Above all, Andrew Owens as Tito masterfully made use of his beautiful tenor voice, delicate in lyrical reflection and passionate in dramatic outbursts.”

Der Neue Merker

“It didn’t take long for the tenor Andrew Owens to catch his stride as Rodolfo and spin his own handsomely lyrical phrases and a fine high C.”

The New York Times