Eric Owens launches the 2016-17 season with his role debut as Wotan in David Pountney's new production of Wagner's Das Rheingold at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He will sing a trio of operas at the Metropolitan Opera that include the MET premiere of Kaijo Saariaho's L'amour de Loin, a new production of Rusalka under Sir Mark Elder, and a revival of Idomeneo conducted by James Levine. Other highlights include recitals with Susanna Phillips at Carnegie Hall and Lawrence Brownlee at Lyric Opera of Chicago, a gala celebrating the Metropolitan Opera's 50th anniversary at Lincoln Center, and for the third time he joins the Chicago Symphony's Negaunee Music Institute to present an interactive recital for incarcerated youth with Riccardo Muti and Joyce DiDonato. Mr. Owens rounds out his season singing Rimsky-Korsakov's Le Coq d'Or at Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Owens collaborates regularly with Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen,Franz Welser-Most, Sir Andrew Davis, Osmo Vanska, and Donald Runnicles. Leading opera companies with which he has since performed include Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Opera national de Paris, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Glimmerglass Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera, and English National Opera. His orchestral engagements have included Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Atlanta Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Swedish Radio Symphony. Mr. Owens is featured on several recordings including excerpts from Richard Strauss operas (Telarc), A Flowering Tree (Nonesuch Records), and Doctor Atomic (Sony). A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Owens began his musical training as a pianist at the age of six, followed by formal oboe study at age eleven under Lloyd Shorter of the Delaware Symphony and Louis Rosenblatt of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He studied voice while an undergraduate at Temple University, and then as a graduate student at the Curtis Institute of Music. He currently studies with Armen Boyajian. He serves on the Board of Trustees of both the National Foundation for Advanc ent in the Arts and Astral Artistic Services.