Shea Owens

Baritone

Biography

With a vocal quality described as “stunning . . . with a striking brightness that thrills” Opera Today, American baritone Shea Owens is quickly gaining a reputation as a confident and charismatic performer. In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Owens will perform Marcello in La Bohème at Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland, Charlie in Three Decembers, opposite Frederica von Stade with Livermore Valley Opera and Carmina Burana with the Altoona Symphony in Pennsylvania.

In the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Owens returned to Europe, performing Marcello with the Grand Théâtre de Genève in Switzerland, the role of Egisto in Vittorio Gnecchi’s rarely heard opera Cassandra with Teatro Gratticielo in New York City, and the role of Kynaston in Carlisle Floyd’s The Prince of Players with the Little Opera Theatre of New York. In the summer of 2017, Shea Owens returned to Wolf Trap Opera as the title role in John Musto’s Bastianello and in Rossini’s La pietra del paragone as Pacuvio.

Shea Owens’ 2015-2016 season included his European debut as Colonel Ricci in Sondheim’s Passion with Natalie Dessay at Théâtre du Châtelet, Junius in The Rape of Lucretia with Wolf Trap Opera, a return to Utah Opera for his role debut as Cascada in The Merry Widow, as well as a duo recital with Dina Kuznetsova entitled “From Russia to Riverside Drive: Rachmaninoff and Friends” under the auspices of the New York Festival of Song and New York Philharmonic.

In addition to operatic and concert work, Mr. Owens also enjoys doing community outreach performances. He performed hundreds of shows for school children as a young artist with Utah Opera from 2012-2014. One of his most memorable outreach concerts was in 2016 in collaboration with Wolf Trap Opera and Taffity Punk Theater Company in order to raise awareness about violence against women.

Reviews

“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

“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

More Reviews

“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 

“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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