Amy Owens
Amy Owens
Free-spirited opera singer, original recording artist, explorer, collaborator

"Impressive Accuracy and Thrilling High Notes"

Bruce Hodges, Musical America 7/2017



Amy Owens began the summer 2017 season creating the title role in David Hanlon's Listen, Wilhelmina! with Wolf Trap Opera, after which she was called on two weeks' notice to step into the belated U.S. premiere of Milhaud's La mère coupable with On Site Opera in New York City. She received great acclaim for her interpretation of the role of Florestine, noted for her "impressive accuracy and thrilling high notes" (B. Hodges, Musical America) and "gleaming coloratura" (R. Sasanow, Broadway World), rendering her "the cast standout" (S. Evans, Bachtrack). In July 2017, Ms. Owens joined the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana: "with spot-on intonation and a pretty, virginal tone she was a sensation" (C. Downey, Washington Classical Review).

During the 2017–2018 season, Ms. Owens' operatic engagements include her Verdian role debut as Oscar in Livermore Valley Opera's production of Un ballo in maschera and developing the role of Little Stone in a Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theater workshop collaboration for Matthew Aucoin's new opera Eurydice. Concert appearances include multiple symphonic debuts in Carmina Burana with the Omaha Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Virginia Symphony, as well as her Washington Concert Opera debut in their "Opera Outside" series. Ms. Owens' 2018 commitments include a return to the Omaha Symphony as the soloist in Mahler's Symphony No. 4, a return to Washington Concert Opera as soloist in their Opera's Greatest Heroines gala concert, a special Bernstein centennial concert at the Library of Congress, a return to Santa Fe Opera to cover Cunegonde in the company premiere of Candide, and performances of Messiah with the Lubbock Symphony and Virginia Symphony.  As a budding conductor, she has been selected to participate in the Hart Institute for Women Conductors at Dallas Opera this fall. Ms. Owens looks forward to reprising Carmina Burana for her Mobile Symphony debut in 2019.

The 2016–2017 season witnessed Ms. Owens appearing in concert and recital with several prestigious organizations, starting with a Liederabend at Washington University of St. Louis and her New Mexico Philharmonic debut in Carmina Burana. She joined New York Festival of Song to open their 2016–2017 NYFOS Next series at Brooklyn's National Sawdust, collaborating with the Momenta Quartet in the New York premiere performance of Gabriela Lena Frank's Iberian Songs for soprano and string quartet. She later rejoined New York Festival of Song as part of their Mainstage series to perform and record Paul Bowles' Picnic Cantata.

In that same season, Ms. Owens made a series of auspicious debuts: with Dallas Opera in December 2016, performing in the Second Annual Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors concert; with Hong Kong's The Intimacy of Creativity festival, performing the music of Bright Sheng; with the Reno Philharmonic debut performing Christopher Theofanidis' Grammy-nominated choral and orchestral work The Here and Now; and at Carnegie Hall, appearing in Carmina Burana with Mid-America Productions.

 Ms. Owens has fulfilled two consecutive seasons of residency with Wolf Trap Opera, performing Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, Porporina in the American premiere of Florian Gassman’s L’opera seria, Florestine in the mid-Atlantic premiere of Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles, and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. She returned to Wolf Trap Opera during the spring of 2017 to create the title role of a new children's opera by David Hanlon, Listen, Wilhelmina!

She has also been seen as Despina in Così fan tutte with Opera Naples and appeared in workshop performances of Bright Sheng’s new opera The Dream of the Red Chamber in New York City and San Francisco with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Owens joined the roster of the Utah Symphony throughout the 2015–2016 season, performing the roles of Le Feu, La Princesse, and Le Rossignol in L’enfant et les sortilèges and Mater Gloriosa in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, which was released as a commercial recording in 2017. 

Ms. Owens is the recipient of two encouragement awards from the George London Foundation, a Sullivan Award, two consecutive wins from the Metropolitan Opera National Council district auditions in New York City. She has fulfilled young artist residencies with Santa Fe Opera, Utah Opera, Central City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Utah Festival Opera.   



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