Eric Owens to Sing Bass Role in Verdi Requiem
Tanglewood Subbing at the Last Moment
By: Susan Hall - 07/23/2013
Make no mistake. Eric Owens is one of music's leading ambassadors today. Despite a demanding schedule as the go-to bass for roles ranging from Alberich to Handel's Hercules, he delivers as a performer and as a booster of the operatic and concert forms.
Go to an event where budding artists are on stage, like Juilliard's The Cunning Vixen, or a daring venue like the Santa Fe Opera, where he biked around as the doctor in Wozzeck, there is Owens. Last year, he flew in between performances in San Francisco to perform with Riccardo Muti for prisoners in Chicago. I have introduced him to my young students during intermissions at final dress rehearsals at the Met.
Owens is an inspiration for up and coming artists, and an invitation to pleasure for all of us as he sings on stage.
His presence at this Verdi Requiem in Tanglewood adds excitement to the evening.