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.
Andrew Owens’ 2015-2016 season begins with his company and role debut with Florida Grand Opera as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, a role he will reprise later in the season for his company debut with North Carolina Opera. He will make his company and role debut with Seattle Opera as Leicester in a new production of Maria Stuarda. Mr. Owens also joins Dayton Opera for a double bill performance, pairing the world premiere of Stella Sung’s The Book Collector with Orff’s Carmina Burana. This summer he debuts with the Caramoor Music Festival as the title role in Rossini’s Aureliano in Palmira and as Jaquino in Fidelio. Highlights of Mr. Owens’ orchestral engagements this season include his debut with the Bamberger Symphoniker for performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
In the 2014-2015 season, Mr. Owens returned to the Theater an der Wien as Chevalier Léon in Milhaud’s La Mère coupable. He also debuted at Theater Magdeburg as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Camille in Die lustige Witwe. The operatic season concluded with his professional lead debut in the US as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola with Opera Saratoga and with Greensboro Opera. On the concert stage, Mr. Owens appeared as the tenor soloist in The Genius of Mozart at the National Concert Hall, Dublin with the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Owens is a recent graduate of the Junges Ensemble at the Theater an der Wien, where he performed in La bohème, La cambiale di matrimonio, Il Trittico, Mathis der Maler, Le comte Ory, Fidelio, Attila, La Cenerentola, La clemenza di Tito, Vinci’s Semiramide, and I due Foscari opposite Plácido Domingo. In concert at the Theater an der Wien, he appeared in Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo opposite Lawrence Brownlee. At the Bayerische Staatsoper as part of the Opernstudio, Mr. Owens appeared in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Sigurd der Drachentöter, and Das schlaue Füchslein.
Concert and symphonic engagements of past seasons include Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust with the Cleveland Orchestra, and Lukas in Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten, and First Japanese Envoy in Le Rossignol at the Salzburg Festival as a member of the Young Singers Project. He made his New York City recital debut with the New York Festival of Song in a program entitled Spanish Gold: Songs of the Iberian Peninsula at Merkin Hall.
Mr. Owens is an award recipient from the Marilyn Horne Foundation, the Mario Lanza Competition, Gerda Lissner Foundation, and the George London Foundation. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he appeared as Laurie in Little Women and the Maryland Opera Studio, where he sang Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore and as A Man with Old Luggage in Postcard from Morocco.
In his free time, Andrew is an avid yoga enthusiast who also enjoys cooking, songwriting, and supporting his hometown Philadelphia sports teams.