Andrew Owens



Winner of the Zarzuela prize at the 2015 Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition, American tenor Andrew Owens has quickly built a reputation as one of the most promising singers of his generation, exhibiting a beautiful Italianate timbre, soaring top notes, and effortless agility. In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Owens returns to Seattle Opera, first as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, then as Bénédict in Béatrice et Bénédict, a role debut. He will also sing Almaviva at Greensboro Opera, and return to Theater an der Wien for Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Concert highlights include tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah with the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

In 2016-2017, Andrew Owens returned to the Theater an der Wien for a debut as Mads in Werner Egk’s Peer Gynt, conducted by Leo Hussain. Other house and role debuts included the title role in Rossini’s rarely heard Aureliano in Palmira and Jacquino in Fidelio with the Caramoor Festival, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at Arizona Opera, Count Almaviva with Opera San Antonio and Virginia Opera, and Barbarigo in Verdi’s I due Foscari with the Dutch Radio Filharmonisch Orkest at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Chevalier Léon in La mere coupable with On Site Opera in New York City. Concert highlights included an evening of music by Schubert and The Beatles with the New York Festival of Song in Moab, Utah and Kansas City, Missouri.

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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