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."

"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

Biography

With a vocal quality described as “stunning . . . with a striking brightness that thrills,” American baritone Shea Owens is quickly gaining a reputation as a confident and charismatic performer. Mr. Owens’ 2016-2017 season sees a return to Europe, performing Marcello in La bohème 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. 

His 2015-16 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. 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.

Mr. Owens will return to Wolf Trap Opera in the summer of 2017 to perform in John Musto's Bastianello and in Rossini’s La pietra del paragone as Pacuvio. He will also perform as Marcello in La bohème with Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland. He is married to soprano Amy Owens, with whom he frequently collaborates.