Shea Owens



With a vocal quality described by Opera Today as “stunning . . . with a striking brightness that thrills,” American baritone Shea Owens is quickly gaining a reputation as a confident and charismatic performer. In the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Owens continues his Ensemble work with Theater St. Gallen, with roles including Valentin in Gounod’s Faust, Agamemnon in Offenbach’s comedy Die schöne Helena, Gaveston in George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence, among others. In the 2018-2019 season, Shea Owens joined the Theater St. Gallen as an Ensemble member, performing Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Prinz Iwan and Des Kaisers Kammerherr in a double bill of Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky’s Der unsterbliche Kaschtschei and Die Nachtigall, respectively, and staged performances of Haydn’s The Seasons.

In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Owens performed Marcello in La bohème at Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland, and returned to the Grand Théâtre de Genève for Wagner in Faust, also covering the role of Silvio in Pagliacci. Additional projects included Charlie in Three Decembers opposite Frederica von Stade with Livermore Valley Opera, Seneca in Jonathan Dawe’s Nero and the Fall of Lehman Brothers with the Montréal-based company Ballet-Opéra-Pantomime, and Carmina Burana with the Altoona Symphony in Pennsylvania.

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“Shea Owens, though still a young man, seemed to walk onto the stage an artist fully formed; perhaps even a star. He exuded confidence and charisma that put the audience immediately at ease, and unfurled a handsome baritone with a shining top.”

Eric Myers

Opera News

“Shea Owens, with a velvet-like baritone voice and powerful high register, transformed the nimble Chamberlain who previously was the Prince in an astronaut suit to a captivating Lover Boy.” 

Herbert Büttiker

Rocco Sound

“Shea Owens, who has a captivating baritone voice, sung his role of the Prince and Chamberlain exceptionally.” 

Werner M. Grimmel

Opernwelt Magazine

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“Another American, Shea Owens, is the pick of a strong supporting cast with his perfectly-pitched baritone as Fosca’s cousin Colonel Ricci …”

Jeremy Chapman, Musical Theatre Review 

“[Shea] Owens displayed very sweet tones in the upper register, handled with great sensitivity, and great richness in mid and lower ranges. “

Sherri Rase, Q on Stage 

“Utah Opera resident Shea Owens lent his ample baritone and canny stage presence to the role of Mandarin with great success.”

Opera News 

“. . . superbly prepared . . .” “Baritone Shea Owens, the passionate, doomed Swineherd [in John Harbison’s A Full Moon in March] . . . should run immediately to the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program. James Levine . . . must know some of these emerging artists, who not only show what the Tanglewood vocal department is now, but point toward its future.””

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