Bass-baritone Zachary Owen has been described as having “intensity and handsome legato” (Opera News) and having “deftly created complete portraits of sound and movement” (Gay City News.) During the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Owen will make his Atlanta Opera debut as Lt. Schrank in West Side Story as well as his Pensacola Opera debut as Count Capulet in Roméo et Juliette. In the winter of 2020, Mr. Owen will return to Kentucky Opera performing Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro.
During the summer of 2018, Mr. Owen returned to the Glimmerglass Festival, performing the Badger and the Parson in The Cunning Little Vixen, covering Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, performing Lt. Schrank in West Side Story and covering the French General in Silent Night. Earlier in the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Owen returned to the Marion Roose Pullin Studio at Arizona Opera. While a member of the studio he performed several roles including Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Angelotti in Tosca, and Lycos in Hercules vs. Vampires, Alidoro in La cenerentola and The Bonze in Madama Butterfly.
“Zachary Owen’s flexible, rich bass was a fine fit... His charismatic stage presence made him a physically appealing, merrily melodious, musically satisfying villain you love to hate."
-James Sohre, Opera Today
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Mr. Owen has also performed with such companies as Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Central City Opera, Opera North, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Opera Santa Barbara. He has performed the roles of Culcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Ashby in La faniculla del West, Don Fernando in Fidelio, Matouš in Smetana’s The Kiss, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Haly in L’italiana in Algeri, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, Spencer Coyle in Owen Wingrave, and the title role in Don Pasquale.
A strong advocate for new American Opera, Mr. Owen recently participated in a composer’s workshop at Cincinnati Opera in which he worked alongside Jake Heggie, Jack O’Brien, and Terrence McNally to develop the roles of Eric and The Ghost of Bazezetti for their new opera, Great Scott. In addition, Mr. Owen has performed the role of the Sheriff of Nottingham in Ben Moore’s Robin Hood, Mr. Floyd / Daddy Lowell in a workshop of Clint Borzoni’s The Copper Queen and Frank Maurrant in Street Scene.
Mr. Owen is the recipient of numerous awards including the Grace Keggy Award at the Lotte Lenya Competition, the Brudos Family Prize for Opera Performance and was a national semifinalist at the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition. He holds a BM in Music from Luther College and a MM Voice Performance and Artist Diploma in Opera Performance both from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.