Paramount Presents: Eric Owens

Paramount Presents: Eric Owens

Live Events | 04/15/2017 | 8:00PM

Awarded Musical America’s 2017 Vocalist of the Year: American Bass-baritone, Eric Owens

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Audiences worldwide were thrilled by Eric Owens’ nuanced and powerful portrayal of the vindictive Nibelungen lord Alberich in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, shown in the Met’s Live in HD series in its 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

Considered by many to be the finest American bass-baritone performing today, Philadelphia-raised Eric Owens has a unique reputation as an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music. Equally at home in orchestral, recital, and operatic repertoire, Mr. Owens brings his powerful poise, expansive voice, and instinctive acting faculties to top opera houses to stages around the world.

John W. Freeman of Opera News has said, “Owens has an opera singer’s ability to conceive of each song as an expression from an individual person. Within the compass of his deep, rich tone lies a reserve of gentleness as well as power. …Artistry of such gentility is rare, the more so from a voice whose nature wants to be big and burly, but whose owner has other plans.”

In addition to hosting Eric Owens live on stage in April, The Paramount has also broadcast his performances in two Met Live in HD broadcasts during the 2016-17 Met Live in HD season,  including the Met premiere of Kaijo Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin. Owens also starred in a new production of Dvořák’s beautiful mythical opera Rusalka opposite the brilliant soprano Kristine Opolais, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

Mr. Owens will be accompanied by internationally renowned pianist Craig Terry. Lauded for his “sensitive and stylish” (The New York Times) and “superb” (Opera News) playing, Craig Terry has launched an international career regularly performing with some of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. Currently Mr. Terry serves as Music Director of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago after having spent eleven seasons at Lyric as Assistant Conductor. 

More About American Bass-Baritone, Eric Owens:

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. 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 has created an uncommon niche for himself in the ever-growing body of contemporary opera works through his determined tackling of new and challenging roles. He received great critical acclaim for portraying the title role in the world premiere of Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel with the Los Angeles Opera, and again at the Lincoln Center Festival, in a production directed and designed by Julie Taymor. Mr. Owens also enjoys a close association with John Adams, for whom he performed the role of General Leslie Groves in the world premiere of Doctor Atomic at the San Francisco Opera, and of the Storyteller in the world premiere of A Flowering Tree at Peter Sellars’s New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna and later with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Doctor Atomic was later recorded and received the 2012 Grammy for Best Opera Recording. Mr. Owens made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut under the baton of David Robertson in Adam’s El Niño.

Mr. Owens has been recognized with multiple honors, including the 2003 Marian Anderson Award, a 1999 ARIA award, second prize in the Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition.

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 Advancement in the Arts and Astral Artistic Services.

More About Pianist Craig Terry:

Previously, Mr. Terry served as Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera after joining its Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Mr. Terry has performed with such esteemed vocalists as Jamie Barton, Stephanie Blythe, Christine Brewer, Nicole Cabell, Sasha Cooke, Eric Cutler, Danielle de Niese, Joyce DiDonato, Giuseppe Filianoti, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Bryan Hymel, Brian Jagde, Joseph Kaiser, Quinn Kelsey, Kate Lindsey, Ana María Martínez, Susanna Phillips, Luca Pisaroni, Patricia Racette, Hugh Russell, Bo Skovhus, Garrett Sorenson, Heidi Stober, Amber Wagner, and Catherine Wyn-Rogers. He has collaborated as a chamber musician with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchester, and the Pro Arte String Quartet.

In addition to performing with Mr. Owens, Mr. Terry’s 2016/17 performance schedule includes concerts with Stephanie Blythe, Christine Brewer, Lawrence Brownlee, Joyce DiDonato, Ailyn Perez, Patricia Racette, Hugh Russell, Christian Van Horn, and Laura Wilde. He is Artistic Director of “Beyond the Aria,” a concert series presented by the Harris Theater in collaboration with the Ryan Opera Center and Lyric Unlimited. Mr. Terry’s discography includes three recently released recordings: “Diva on Detour” with Patricia Racette, “As Long As There Are Songs” with Stephanie Blythe, and “Chanson d’Avril” with Nicole Cabell. He was also featured in a “Live from Lincoln Center” national broadcast on PBS with Stephanie Blythe in April 2013.

Mr. Terry hails from Tullahoma, Tennessee, received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University, continued his studies at Florida State University and received a Masters of Music in Piano Performance/Accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music where he was a student of pianist Warren Jones.

Getting To Know Eric Owens: Musical America’s 2017 Vocalist of the Year


Eric Owens, Bass-Baritone 2016-2017 Recital Program


Mentre ti lascio, K. 513

W. A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)


Prometheus, D. 674
Fahrt zum Hades, D. 526
Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, D. 583

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)


from Sechs Gesänge, Op. 3

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

2. Liebe und Frühling I: “Wie sich Rebenranken schwingen”

3. Liebe und Frühling II: “Ich muß hinaus, ich muß zu Dir”

Alte Liebe, from Fünf Gesänge, Op. 72, No. 1
Junge Lieder I: “Meine Liebe ist grün,” from Neun Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 63, No. 5
Von ewiger Liebe, from Vier Gesänge, Op. 43, No. 1


Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Chanson Romanesque
Chanson épique
Chanson à boire

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)


“O tu Palermo” from I Vespri Siciliani

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)


“If Ever I Would Leave You” from Camelot
“Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific
“Night and Day”
“Lost in the Stars” from Lost in the Stars

Frederick Loewe (1901 – 1988)
Richard Rodgers (1902 – 1979)
Cole Porter (1891 – 1964)
Kurt Weill (1900 – 1950)


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