Acclaimed for his commanding stage presence and inventive artistry, American bass-baritone Eric Owens has carved a unique place in the contemporary opera world as both an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music. Equally at home in concert, recital and opera performances, Owens continues to bring his powerful poise, expansive voice and instinctive acting faculties to stages around the world.
This season, Owens returns to Washington National Opera, as Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and as the determined protagonist Porgy in Francesca Zambello's wildly successful production of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, a role he recently debuted to great critical acclaim at San Francisco Opera. Owens' concerts include John Adams' Walt Whitman-inspired The Wound Dresser, conducted by the composer, and holiday performances of Handel's Messiah, both with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Owens also joins new music director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic for concert performances of György Ligeti's apocalyptic opera Le Grand Macabre, as well as Beethoven's Missa solemnis.