Shea Owens

"His vocal quality is stunning, with all the richness of a well-rounded baritone voice but with a striking brightness that thrills, particularly in his upper range."

La bohème
Oct
28
to Mar 4

La bohème

By Giaccomo Puccini
Performed at Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland. Performances Oct. 28, Nov. 6, Dec. 29, Jan. 4, Jan. 17, Jan. 30, Feb. 25, and Mar. 4. Mr. Owens will perform the role of Marcello.

La bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, La bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things—a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor—that make up our everyday lives.

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Bastianello by John Musto
Aug
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

Bastianello by John Musto

Performed as part of a double bill with Philip Glass' The Juniper Tree at Wolf Trap Opera. This modern retelling of an Italian folktale tickles the funny bone and warms the heart. After a wedding debacle, a young husband sets out to find people who are greater fools than his own family. What he finds surprises both him and us.

Performances on Aug. 11, 13 (matinee), 16, and 19 at The Barns at Wolf Trap.

For a more detailed summary of the story, click here. For tickets and more information, click here.

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La pietra del paragone (The Touchstone)
Jun
23
to Jul 2

La pietra del paragone (The Touchstone)

Touchstone (noun):
1. a piece of fine-grained stone used to test the purity of gold
2. a test or criterion for determining the genuineness of a thing

In this sparkling Rossini comedy, a wealthy man devises a test to separate his true friends from those who love him only for his money.

Although “touchstone” is no longer regularly used in the English language, it is still alive in an Italian proverb that forms the basis of this sparkling comic opera. They say “Men have a touchstone to test gold, but gold is really the touchstone to test men.” (“L’uomo ha la pietra di paragone per saggiare l’oro, ma l’oro è la pietra di paragone per saggiare gli uomini.”

No other opera of Rossini has been so highly praised in the literature of the subject and yet so seldom performed as La pietra del paragone. This being his seventh opera, it was his first truly great opera buffa. It catapulted the composer into international fame. In Italy, the fact that it premiered at the nation's foremost opera house, La Scala in Milan, assured that Rossini would become the leading opera composer among all other rivals in the field. Rossini was only twenty years old at the time. (WWUH Radio)

Mr. Owens will perform the role of Pacuvio. For tickets and more information, please click here.

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Moms in music: A Copland House celebration for Mother's Day
May
14
4:00pm 4:00pm

Moms in music: A Copland House celebration for Mother's Day

A Mother’s Day tradition:  Copland House at Lyndhurst!  Join us for an affectionate, witty musical tribute to moms everywhere – as parent, lover, daughter, businesswoman, chef, schedule planner, recreation director, comforter-in-chief, and so much more!

Acclaimed baritone Shea Owens (“a star” – Opera News) and pianist Michael Boriskin (“a pianist with the Midas touch” – The New York Times) are our musical guides through works by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, William Bolcom, and others.

For information and tickets, click here.

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Prince of Players (by Carlisle Floyd)
Feb
24
to Feb 26

Prince of Players (by Carlisle Floyd)

  • The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Presented by Little Opera Theater of New York. Set in Restoration England during the time of King Charles II, Prince of Players follows the story of Edward Kynaston, a Shakespearean actor famous for his performances of the female roles in the Bard's plays. When the King grants permission for women to appear onstage, and forbids male actors from continuing to appear in female roles, Kynaston must relearn his entire craft or face the end of his career...

Mr. Owens will be playing the role of Edward Kynaston: Friday, Feb. 24, and Sunday, Feb. 26 (matinee). For tickets and more information, click here.

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Cassandra
Oct
8
8:00pm 8:00pm

Cassandra

  • Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A rarely seen verismo masterpiece, Vittorio Gnecchi's Cassandra is an operatic gem not to be missed. With full symphonic orchestral forces, a massive choir, and world-class soloists, this passionate, 90-minute opera in concert will awaken your senses with visceral, dramatic music.

Mr. Owens will be performing the role of Egisto. For tickets and more information, click here.

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La bohème
Aug
5
8:15pm 8:15pm

La bohème

  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

By Giaccomo Puccini
Performed at the Wolf Trap Filene Center with the National Symphony Orchestra

La bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, La bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things—a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor—that make up our everyday lives.

Mr. Owens will perform the role of Schaunard. For tickets and more info, click here.

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"America the Beautiful" with the National Symphony Orchestra
Jul
1
8:15pm 8:15pm

"America the Beautiful" with the National Symphony Orchestra

Celebrating the National Park Service's Centennial, the NSO journeys across America honoring many of the nation's finest landmarks with music from Bernstein's Fanfare for theInauguration of John F. Kennedy, Copland's "Promise of Living" from The Tender Land, Grofé's "On the Trail" from Grand Canyon Suite, and more. The program also premieres the National Park Suite visual concerto, performed by multimedia artist Nicholas Bardonnay of Westwater Arts on in-house screens only, set to Dvorak's "From the New World." 

For tickets and more information, click here.

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The Lucretia Project, Part 3: "Hear Lucretia"
Jun
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Lucretia Project, Part 3: "Hear Lucretia"

Join DC Artist Collective Taffety Punk and singers from Wolf Trap Opera in an aural exploration of the music and poetry written around the Lucretia story. This event includes a punk reading of the Shakespeare poem as well as musical excerpts from Handel’s oratorio Lucrezia, Respighi’s opera Lucrezia, Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, and a new work by D.C. area composer David Hanlon.

Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia presents audiences with much food for thought. Its timeless themes still resonate—violence against women in time of war, the societal and theological responses to that violence, and the ways in which art can help us grapple with essential but difficult subjects. 

In conjunction with its 2016 performance of this compelling opera, Wolf Trap presents The Lucretia Project – a series of community dialogues exploring social issues and works of art related to the Lucretia story. Click here for more info about the other events in this series.

All events and concerts are free and open to the public. Capacity is limited, and reservations are suggested but not required. To guarantee seating, please RSVP to wtocreservations@wolftrap.org

 

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The Rape of Lucretia
Jun
10
to Jun 18

The Rape of Lucretia

By Benjamin Britten. Performed at The Barns at Wolf Trap.

Premiered in 1946 to re-open Glyndebourne’s theatre, Britten’s intimate and haunting lyrical masterpiece is based on an ancient Roman tale of corruption and tragedy. Lucretia, the beautiful and virtuous wife of a Roman general, is defenseless against the tyrannical prince Tarquinius. The horrific events unfold reinforced by Britten’s evocative score, moving arias, and two-person male and female chorus into a tense and potent tapestry of music and drama.

Mr. Owens will be performing the role of Junius. Performances on June 10, 12 (matinee), 15, and 18 at The Barns at Wolf Trap. For tickets and more information, click here.

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From Lute Song to the Beatles: Songs of the British Isles (with Steven Blier)
May
28
to May 29

From Lute Song to the Beatles: Songs of the British Isles (with Steven Blier)

A delightful survey of four centuries of wit, sentiment, and unique music from the British Isles beginning with a bawdy Renaissance lute song and ending with dessert courses by Noël Coward and the Beatles. Along the way, there's an aria by a student of Mozart's, a Gilbert and Sullivan highlight, a bevy of beautiful ballads, and more. Tickets and more info here.

"Although he doesn’t write the songs that make the whole world sing, Steven Blier rediscovers, revitalizes, and reveals some of the best vocal music available to modern audiences anywhere in the world.

"For those who don’t know Steven, he is a brilliant and multi-faceted Grammy-winning artist; he is also a pianist, researcher, speaker, storyteller, visionary, and comedian. He is co-founder of the New York Festival of Song, a frequent performance artist around the country, and instructor at the Juilliard School in New York City. He liberally and selflessly shares his passion for vocal music of all genres with countless artists around the globe, inspiring legions of us with his heart, his wit, and his wisdom."

–Ryan Taylor, Arizona Opera General Director

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Passion
Mar
16
to Mar 24

Passion

  • Théâtre du Châtelet (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

An American Musical by Stephen Sondheim

American baritone Shea Owens' 2015-16 season includes his European debut as Colonel Ricci in Sondheim's "Passion" with Natalie Dessay at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

The fifth Stephen Sondheim musical to be presented at Châtelet, this work is taken from a book by a 19th century Italian writer telling “the story of a man who falls in love with an ugly woman, despite her ugliness, which he cannot bear” (Umberto Eco). Struck by the film Passion of Love that Ettore Scola had adapted, Sondheim looked for a balance between “the familiar theatricality of a musical and the extravagant flamboyance of an opera,” thus creating a work which turns out to be a lyrical jewel.

For tickets and more info, click here.

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The Merry Widow
Jan
16
to Jan 24

The Merry Widow

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL! SHE’S RICH! AND SHE’S CAPTIVATED ENTIRE NATIONS TRYING TO GET HER MONEY. Hannah, the Merry Widow is looking for true love, but will she be able to find a suitor that is not only after her wealth? Will the nation of Pontevedro slip into economic collapse if she marries a foreigner? Flirtations and scheming thrive, swept along by Lehár's magical score, featuring the famous "Vilja" song, the "Merry Widow Waltz," and more!

Jan. 16 | 18 | 20 | 22 (7:30 PM)
Jan. 24 (2 PM)

For tickets and more info, click here.

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New York Festival of Song presents: From Russia to Riverside Drive (Rachmaninoff and Friends)
Nov
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

New York Festival of Song presents: From Russia to Riverside Drive (Rachmaninoff and Friends)

  • Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

November 10, 2015 (Merkin Hall, NYC)
Preview Performance on Nov. 8 in Boston, MA at the Gardner Museum.

Dina Kuznetsova, soprano; Shea Owens, baritone

Before leaving his homeland, Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote some of the most ravishing songs in the repertoire—the last hurrah of the Romantic era. When he came to America he never again turned his hand to voice-and-piano music. But from his perch on West End Avenue he found himself surrounded by a new, modern spirit: the driving rhythms of the machine age and the irresistible appeal of jazz. We'll delve into the soulful cry of Rachmaninoff's Russian songs and also sample the music he heard during his years in the States with songs by Gershwin, Barber, and others.

This concert is presented as part of RACHMANINOFF: A Philharmonic Festival, during the New York Philharmonic’s 2015-2016 fall season.

For tickets and more information, click here.
For tickets and info regarding the preview performance in Boston, click here.

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Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour

Each year The Santa Fe Opera takes its act on the road! This spring, our singers will tour cities in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, offering free performances for school children along with free public concerts in Albuquerque, Clovis, Colorado Springs (CO), Las Cruces, Lubbock (TX), Moriarty, Penasco, Raton, Rio Rancho, Socorro, and Taos. An average of 12,000 audience members enjoy the Spring Tour annually.

This spring's performance includes an original work, Written in the Stars, which explores the relationship of words and music in opera in a delightful and engaging format for children and families.

To see a list of performance locations and dates (through April 2015), please click here.

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Bel Canto / Can Belto: New York Festival of Song
Mar
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

Bel Canto / Can Belto: New York Festival of Song

  • Kaufman Music Center, Merkin Concert Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Caramoor's 2015 Schwab Vocal Rising Stars 
Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, pianists

An exploration of Italian song from the Romantic era to the beginnings of Neo-Realism, paired with songs by Italian-Americans. Music by Giuseppe Verdi, Pietro Mascagni, Ildebrando Pizzetti, Ferruccio Busoni, Alfredo Catalani, John Musto, John Corigliano, Dominick Argento, Harry Warren.

Complimentary wine reception with the artists to follow.

For more info, click here here.

To purchase tickets, click here

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Bel Canto / Can Belto: Schwab Rising Vocal Stars at Caramoor
Mar
15
4:00pm 4:00pm

Bel Canto / Can Belto: Schwab Rising Vocal Stars at Caramoor

Let four young voices take you on an exploration of Italian song from the lyricism of the Romantic era to the drama of the verismo operatic tradition, paired with songs by Italian-Americans. Songs, arias, and ensemble pieces all by Italian composers including Verdi, Mascagni, Pizzetti, Musto, Corigliano, Argento, Busoni, and Harry Warren (the composer of 42nd Street, born Salvatore Guaragna).

For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.

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NYFOS: Bright Sheng & Friends
Feb
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

NYFOS: Bright Sheng & Friends

  • Opera America's National Opera Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The “exquisite blend of the musical East and West” of Bright Sheng (The New York Times) closes out three weeks of contemporary song and the 2014-15 NYFOS Next series. The Chinese-American composer and MacArthur Fellow hosts and curates a concert that includes a preview of the opening to his new opera Dream of the Red Chamber, written with co-librettist David Henry Hwang. The opera is set to premiere with the San Francisco Opera in fall 2016.

Sheng, the Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan, will also showcase recent work from his students Matthew BridghamBrandon Scott RumseyIman Habibi, and Matthew Tommasini, and an affectionate acknowledgement of his mentors, George Perle and Leonard Bernstein. Sheng's diverse background informs an approach that Anthony Tommasini in The New York Times writes, “has won critical respect and appreciative audiences for works that deftly synthesize wildly varied musical influences.” The Telegraph (UK) called Sheng's opera Madam Mao, which debuted at Santa Fe Opera in 2003, “…extraordinary music and a riveting evening in the theater.”

Tickets $15, general admission. Cash only at the door. 

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NYFOS: Paul Moravec & Friends
Feb
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

NYFOS: Paul Moravec & Friends

  • Opera America's National Opera Center (map)
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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec hosts and curates an evening that includes selections from his exceptional body of vocal music, including his forthcoming opera The Shining. The opera, with a libretto by Mark Campbell, is set to have its world premiere with Minnesota Opera in May 2016. The evening's program also includes selections from Moravec's friends and colleagues James PrimoschChristopher Theofanidis, and Paola Prestini. Moravec's music has been described as “tuneful, ebullient and wonderfully energetic” (San Francisco Chronicle), “riveting and fascinating” (NPR), and “assured, virtuosic” (Wall Street Journal). NYFOS has premiered works by Moravec over the years, including commissioning the song cycle Parables in 2006, and is pleased to welcome a longtime friend to NYFOS Next.

*Please note: Tickets for this performance are SOLD OUT. Please email info@nyfos.org to be placed on the standby list.

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SFO Apprentice Showcase Scenes
Aug
10
to Aug 17

SFO Apprentice Showcase Scenes

The Santa Fe Opera Apprentices present two evenings of fully staged opera scenes.

  • Sunday, Aug. 10: Shea will play Harlequin in a scene from Richard Strauss' opera Ariadne auf Naxos
    (NB: Shea's wife Amy will play Zerbinetta)
  • Sunday, Aug. 17: Shea will play the Baron in a scene from Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims

Tickets and information here: http://www.santafeopera.org/tickets/production.aspx?performanceNumber=6391

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The Santa Fe Opera 2014
May
31
to Aug 23

The Santa Fe Opera 2014

As an Apprentice Artist at the Santa Fe Opera this summer, Mr. Owens will appear in the following performances:

  • The Impresario/Le Rossignol (Pianist/2nd Japanese Envoy)
    Double-bills combining Mozart and Stravinsky don't come along every day. But when Mozart's delightful one-act comedy The Impresario takes its place alongside Stravinsky's rarely performed "conte lyrique" Le Rossignol, the two will mesh as never before.
  • Carmen, Fidelio, & Dr. Sun Yat Sen
    Chorister
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