Stephen Owen

Provinienza: Cina

Bass-baritone Stephen Owen was born in Kunming, China, and grew up in California. After acquiring degrees in philosophy (Wheaton College) and theology (Princeton Theological Seminary), he sang for several years in the United States.


He began his international career in 1990 in Salzburg as GUNTHER in Götterdämmerung.  The German repertoire has remained central to his career. He has sung the role of DON PIZARRO in Fidelio in ten productions (including Graz, Darmstadt, Weimar, Klagenfurt, Pisa, Syracuse, Tours and Reims). He has also appeared as DON FERNANDO in the same opera in Rio de Janeiro and at Carnegie Hall, New York City. He has sung the title role in Der fliegende Holländer in eight productions, including Graz, Kassel, Aachen, Rennes, Schloss Neuschwanstein and Rostock.  He sang his first JOCHANAAN in Salome in Las Vegas and repeated the role at Teatro Massimo/Palermo, Nantes and Graz. His first appearance in Tours was as KASPAR in Der Freischütz. He sang the role of KURVENAL in Tristan und Isolde, OREST in Elektra, and PETER in Hänsel und Gretel in Graz, ALBERICH (Das Rheingold) in Dortmund and the HERALD in Lohengrin in Spoleto, Italy.  In Kassel he repeated the role of KURVENAL and added the MUSIKLEHRER (Ariadne auf Naxos) to his repertoire. 


Alban Berg’s Lulu has played a significant role in Mr. Owen’s career. He debuted at Teatro Colón/Buenos Aires as the ANIMAL TRAINER/ATHLETE. In 2001 he moved up to the leading role of DR. SCHÖN in Palermo. Additional twentieth-century repertoire has included BLUEBEARD in Bluebeard’s Castle (Graz, Salzburg), KISSINGER in Nixon in China (English National Opera), GRANDPA MOSS in Copland’s The Tender Land (BBC Symphony), BALSTRODE in Peter Grimes (Kassel), OFFICER in Glass’ In the Penal Colony (Lyon) and CREON/MESSENGER in Oedipus Rex. In 1999 he sang the principal role of the TEUFEL in Gerd Kühr’s Tod und Teufel, composed for the centenary of the Graz Opera, and in 2004 the role of the CONDUCTOR in Battistelli’s Prova d’Orchestra in Linz, a role he repeated in Antwerp, Ghent and Nürnberg.  The Belgian production is documented on a Ricordi/Stradivarius CD. 


Mr. Owen’s Italian repertoire includes both bass and baritone roles. He portrayed both SCHAUNARD and COLLINE in La Bohème in Graz, where he also sang AMONASRO, SHARPLESS, ALFIO, LEPORELLO, SPARAFUCILE and RAIMONDO. His SCARPIA in Tosca in Aachen was televised nationally in Germany, and he sang PAOLO (Simone Boccanegra) in Kassel. His French repertoire includes ESCAMILLO (Graz, Kuala Lumpur) and the FOUR VILLAINS (Klagenfurt, Aachen, Kassel) canvas briefcase.


In 2009 Mr. Owen joined the ensemble in Augsburg, where he has sung DON PIZARRO, the GRAND INQUISITOR in Don Carlo, TIMUR in Turandot and DR. VIGELIUS in Der Ferne Klang.  His repertoire for the 2010-2011 season includes KURVENAL, RAIMONDO, SHARPLESS, both AMONASRO and the KING in Aida, and TRINITY MOSES in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny replica handbags.



Hauptrepertoire (Einspringbereit):

Beethoven      FIDELIO (Don Pizarro, Don Fernando)

Bizet               CARMEN (Escamillo)

Britten            PETER GRIMES (Balstrode)

Glass               IN THE PENAL COLONY (Officer)

Humperdinck  HÄNSEL UND GRETEL (Peter)

Mascagni        CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Alfio)

Offenbach       LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN (Vier Bösewichte)

Puccini           MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Sharpless)

Schreker         DER FERNE KLANG (Dr. Vigelius)

Strauss                        SALOME (Jochanaan)

Ullmann         DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS (Tod)

Verdi              AIDA (Amonasro, Ramfis, König)

                        SIMONE BOCCANEGRA (Paolo)

                        DON CARLO (Grossinquisitor)

Wagner           DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER (Holländer)

                        TRISTAN UND ISOLDE (Kurwenal)

                        DAS RHEINGOLD (Alberich)

Weill              AUFSTIEG UND FALL DER STADT MAHAGONNY (Dreieinigkeitsmoses)


Zusätzliches Hauptrepertoire:

Bartók             HERZOG BLAUBARTS BURG (Blaubart) (Ungarisch)

Berg                LULU (Dr. Schön, Tierbändiger, Athlet)

Puccini           TOSCA (Scarpia)

Strauss            ELEKTRA (Orest)


Stravinsky      OEDIPUS REX (Kreon, Bote)

Wagner           LOHENGRIN (Heerrufer)


                        GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Gunther)

                        PARSIFAL (Amfortas, Klingsor)

Weber             DER FREISCHÜTZ (Kaspar)


Nebenrepertoire (Einspringbereit):

Battistelli       ORCHESTERPROBE (Dirigent) (Deutsch, Italienisch)

Donizetti        LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Raimondo)

Janácek           KATJA KABANOWA (Dikoj) (Deutsch)

Mozart                        LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Bartolo)

                        DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (Sprecher, Zweite Geharnischter)

Puccini           LA BOHÈME (Schaunard, Colline)

                        TURANDOT (Timur)


Zusätzliches Nebenrepertoire:

Adams            NIXON IN CHINA (Kissinger)

Dvorák            RUSALKA (Wassermann) (Deutsch)

Korngold        DIE TOTE STADT (Frank)

Mozart                        DON GIOVANNI (Leporello)

                        COSÌ FAN TUTTE (Don Alfonso)

Rossini           IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (Basilio)








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