Baritone Shea Owens’s recent performances include a European debut as Colonel Ricci in Sondheim’s Passion at Théâtre du Châtelet, Schaunard in La bohème with Wolf Trap Opera, and a return to Utah Opera for his role debut as Cascada in The Merry Widow. As a 2016 Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera, Mr. Owens stepped in on short notice to perform the role of Junius in The Rape of Lucretia. He also performed as a soloist in recital with Steven Blier, in concert with the National Symphony Orchestra, and in a joint performance with Wolf Trap Opera and Taffety Punk Theater Company.
Mr. Owens has also appeared at the Santa Fe Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, Utah Festival Opera, Utah Lyric Opera, Phoenix Opera, Central City Opera, and the Utah Symphony. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Brigham Young University and his Master of Music degree from Rice University. He has received awards from The Sullivan Foundation, the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, Opera Index, and the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition.
Shea will be featured in WTO’s 2017 season as Bastianello the Elder/Lino in Musto’s Bastianello and Pacuvio in Rossini’s The Touchstone.