“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
With a vocal quality described as “stunning . . . with a striking brightness that thrills,” American baritone Shea Owens is quickly gaining a reputation as a versatile and charismatic performer. Owens' recent performances include a European debut as Colonel Ricci in Sondheim's Passion at Théâtre du Châtelet, Schaunard in La bohème with Wolf Trap Opera, a return to Utah Opera for his role debut as Cascada in The Merry Widow, a holiday concert tour in conjunction with Arizona Opera and Opera Birmingham, 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 the New York Philharmonic.
As a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera, Owens stepped in on short notice to perform the role of Junius in The Rape of Lucretia. He had the pleasure of performing as a soloist in recital with Stephen Blier and in concert with the National Symphony Orchestra. He also took part in a poignant performance with Wolf Trap Opera and Taffity Punk Theater Company to raise awareness about violence against women.
Owens has also appeared at the Santa Fe Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, Wolf Trap Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Utah Lyric Opera, Phoenix Opera, Central City Opera, and the Utah Symphony. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Brigham Young University and his Master of Music degree from Rice University. Awards received include career grants from The Sullivan Foundation, the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, the Oscarson Discovery Grant Endowment, and the Pasadena Opera Guild; an Emerging Artist Award from Opera Index, and a Second Prize Award in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition. He is married to soprano Amy Owens, with whom he frequently collaborates.