Marjorie Owens

Marjorie Owens


Vocalists — Soprano

As Aida at Wolf Trap: "Soprano Marjorie Owens could project over the huge ensembles but also sing with delicate pianissimo at crucial points for the role ("Numi, pietà" and "O patria mia"). In those exquisite moments of Verdi soprano suffering, as the libretto puts it, Owens's pain was indeed sacred ("il suo dolor mi è sacro," as Amneris puts it), something meant for delectation." —Charles T. Downey, Ionarts, July 27, 2015

As Freihild in Guntram with Washington Concert Opera: "Happily, the glory of “Guntram” coincided with the strength of Sunday night’s performance: Freihild, sung by the soprano Marjorie Owens. Strauss wrote the role for Pauline de Ahna, who became his wife shortly after “Guntram’s” 1894 premiere, and who remained his muse, despite her flinty personality, for the rest of his life. His love is apparent in the score: Every time Freihild comes on the scene, the whole orchestra heaves up in a river of gold, and Owens — who sang at Wolf Trap in 2008 before going on to the Dresdner Staatsoper — had the golden, easy voice to match it. Fortunately, Owens will return to Wolf Trap as Aida this summer." —Anne Midgette, Washington Post, March 2, 2015

As Dorotka in Svanda Dudak with the Semperoper: "Soprano Marjorie Owens as Dorotka was the best singer in the cast. This soprano has a voice of remarkable quality, very homogeneous. She left a strong impression last year as Senta, and she has now confirmed it." —Jose Maria Irurzun, Seen and Heard International, February 2, 2014

As Leonora in il trovatore with Ft Worth Opera: "First among equals, as Leonora, is soprano Marjorie Owens, a Virginia native and Baylor graduate who is clearly headed toward operatic superstardom. Owens owns a particularly spectacular upper range. She has volume to spare, and, apparently, the lungs of a pearl diver, enabling her to sustain high notes that are not only intense but beautiful. Although Leonora is not a role one associates with subtlety and finesse, Owens, drawing on a fine sense of musicality, created a constantly engaging rendition of an impetuous, love-stricken, and ultimately brave young woman. She is the sort of singer whose voice and presence on the stage enlivens an entire performance." —Wayne Lee Gay, D Magazine, May 23, 2011

As Ariadne with Boston Lyric Opera: “Soprano Marjorie Owens gave a marvelous performance as the Prima Donna/Ariadne, building upon the Prima Donna's arrogance from the prologue in a way that few singers do to add just a touch of self-dramatization to Ariadne's sorrow in the opera proper. Noble and affecting as the abandoned princess, she gave a luminous reading of ‘Ein Schönes war, hieß Theseus-Ariadne’ (How beauteous once were Theseus and Ariadne) that captured the hollow devastation of a betrayed and broken heart.” —Kalen Ratzlaff, Opera News, June 2010

About

A former member of the Sächsische Staatsoper in Dresden and a Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, soprano Marjorie Owens is receiving a great deal of acclaim as one of the most exciting young dramatic sopranos to have recently come to the public’s attention.

Ms. Owens’ current season includes her role and company debut in the title-role of Norma at the English National Opera, her company debut with Opera Theatre of St Louis in the title-role of Ariadne on Naxos, her return to the Semperoper as . . .

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