Andrew Owens

Tenor

Biography

American tenor Andrew Owens, whom the Irish Times described as having a “ringing top register, and easy fluidity to bel-canto writing,” 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 2021-2022 season, he joins Opernhaus Zürich as a member of their ensemble, performing Itulbo in Bellini’s Il pirata, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Beppe in I Pagliacci, and Telémachos in Evers’ Die Odyssee, among other roles. As a guest artist, Mr. Owens performs Aménophis in Moïse et Pharaon with the Rossini Opera Festival, Rodolfo in a semi-staged production of La bohème with the Jacksonville Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with the Kansas City Symphony, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Arizona Music Festival.

Cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic include performances as Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro on tour with the New Generation Festival in Andermatt, Switzerland, as well as Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra in Greece.

In the 2020-2021 season, Mr. Owens made his house debut at Opernhaus Zürich as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and returned to Theater an der Wien for role debuts as Jakob Glock in Prokofiev’s Der Feurige Engel as well as Basilio. The previous season, he made his house debut at Irish National Opera as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, returned to Theater an der Wien as First Jew in Salome, and in concert, sang Handel’s Messiah with the North Carolina Symphony.

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Reviews

“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

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