The Big, Bad Bass-Baritone!

Credit: Joshua Bright, NYTimes

Internationally-acclaimed Bass-Baritone Eric Owens will be in Vancouver this week for a concert presented by the Vancouver Recital Society – next Sunday, Oct 21, at 3pm, in the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre.

The quote cited for his concert on the VRS website?

Because he sings like a God!”

They may be right. He was recently lauded by The New York Times for “his gripping performances as Alberich in Wagner’s “Ring des Nibelungen” at the Metropolitan Opera” in a profile headlined “The Big, Bad Bass-Baritone!” that was full of lavish praise.

What made the performance riveting was his stark evocation of the character’s loneliness and pain.”      Steven Smith, New York Times

Acclaimed for his commanding stage presence and inventive artistry, American bass-baritone Eric Owens has carved a unique place in the contemporary opera world as both an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music.

Equally at home in concert, recital and opera performances, Owens continues to bring his powerful poise, expansive voice and instinctive acting faculties to stages around the world.

He is a consummate musician.”     John Adams, Composer

His Vancouver recital program spans Schumann and Schubert Lieder, along with songs by Debussy, Ravel, Wagner and Wolf. It promises to be sensational!

As Heidi Waleson wrote in The Wall Street Journal: “In the German songs, Mr. Owens’s voice had a fierce, gravelly quality; for the French ones, he shifted gears entirely, caressing the vowels with a rounded, mellow tone and employing an entirely different set of vocal colors.”

Get your tickets fast! This is a concert not to be missed by an artist at the peak of his powers.

My company, KultureShock.Net, is very proud to have created Mr. Owens’ website in 2006.