Eric Owens

Eric Owens made his San Francisco Opera debut as Lodovico (Otello) in 2002. He returned to the Company in 2005, creating the role of General Leslie Groves in the world premiere of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic and as Don Fernando (Fidelio). His most recent Company appearances were in 2008 as the King of Scotland (Ariodante), his role debut as Porgy in Porgy and Bess in 2009, and Ramfis (Aida) in 2010. Owens toured Vienna, San Francisco, Berlin, London, and Los Angeles as the Storyteller in Adams’s The Flowering Tree, a role written expressly for him. Additional performances of Adams’s work include The Wound Dresser at the BBC Proms and with the American Composers Orchestra at New York’s Carnegie Hall; El Niño with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; and Leslie Groves at Netherlands Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Opera. The American bass-baritone’s recent engagements include Alberich (Der Ring des Nibelungen) at the Met; the title role of Handel’s Hercules at Lyric Opera of Chicago; the Doctor (Wozzeck) at the Santa Fe Opera; and Lodovico with the Chicago Symphony both in Chicago and at Carnegie Hall. He is an alumnus of the Houston Grand Opera Studio and the winner of the Operalia Competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition. The artist’s growing discography includes scenes from Strauss’s Elektra and Die Frau ohne Schatten with Christine Brewer and the Atlanta Symphony under Donald Runnicles (Telarc); A Flowering Tree (Nonesuch); and the world premiere recording of Jackie O (Argo).