Artist of the week: Eric Owens

This week, the Glimmerglass Festival will open in Cooperstown, New York, presenting a month-long program of inventive productions and repertoire staples. The season will also feature some of the world’s biggest stars, including Eric Owens, who will work as the festival’s Artist in Residence for the Young Artists program. He will also perform in two of the company’s highly anticipated productions.

Owens will open the season with his acclaimed portrayal of Sarastro in the company’s new “The Magic Flute”. The bass-baritone has performed the role at the Metropolitan Opera, the Philadelphia Opera, and the Paris National Opera, among others, and has been acclaimed for his performance. And it will be the first time Owens has performed opera in New York City since the 2013-14 season.

Owens will also take on the short but crucial role of Ferrando in “Il Trovatore”, an opera he had already performed on his Los Angeles Opera debut in 1998. It will be the first time in years that he has performed the film. work so that the audience is in a treat in this cameo role.

His last assignment during the festival will be in “Gods and Mortals” where audiences will have the chance to show off their Wagnerian skills. Owens has become one of the great performers of the repertoire, particularly in The Ring Cycle, and previous reviews of his work by OperaWire have noted that his Wotan was “wonderful” and “his characterization is excellent.”

A master in his art and one of today’s most renowned artists, Owens currently serves on the board of directors of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and Astral Artistic Services. In 2019, the singer became co-chair of the Opera Department at the Curtis Institute and in 2017 the Glimmerglass Festival appointed him artistic advisor.

For the non-Glimmerglass audience this summer, Owens will return to the Metropolitan Opera for Verdi’s Requiem and “Porgy and Bess”. He will also sing Wotan in “Das Rheingold” at the Seattle Opera and resume his Porgy at the English National Opera.


Owens has a number of recordings to his name including “Porgy and Bess” and “Dr. Atomic” both of which have won Grammys. He is also a member of the Metropolitan Opera Ring Cycle and the “Porgy and Bess” of the San Francisco Opera.

Here is in his acclaimed “Porgy and Bess:”

Here he is as King Philip in “Don Carlo:”

Here is an excerpt from his Wotan:


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