Zachary Owen is an operatic Bass from Illinois who has recently performed with such companies as The Atlanta Opera, Pensacola Opera, and Kentucky Opera. He is an alumnus of the Young/Studio Artist programs at Arizona Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis among others. He holds a bachelors degree from Luther College and two graduate degrees from CCM (University of Cincinnati).
During the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Owen made his Atlanta Opera debut as Lt. Schrank in West Side Story as well as his Pensacola Opera debut as Count Capulet in Roméo et Juliette. In the fall of 2019, Mr. Owen returned to Atlanta Opera as Edward G. Robinson in their production of Frida and in the winter of 2020, Mr. Owen returned to Kentucky Opera to perform Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro. In the spring of 2020, Mr. Owen was scheduled to make his debut with Pacific Symphony singing the Herald and covering Lodovico in Verdi’s Otello although it was canceled due to COVID-19.
Mr. Owen has also has performed with such companies as Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Central City Opera, Opera North, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Opera Santa Barbara. He has performed the roles of Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Ashby in La fanciulla del West, Don Fernando in Fidelio, Matouš in Smetana’s The Kiss, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Haly in L’italiana in Algeri, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, Spencer Coyle in Owen Wingrave, and the title role in Don Pasquale. A strong advocate for new American Opera, Mr. Owen participated in a composer’s workshop at Cincinnati Opera in which he worked alongside Jake Heggie, Jack O’Brien, and Terrence McNally to develop their new opera, Great Scott.
Mr. Owen is the recipient of numerous awards including the Grace Keagy Award at the Lotte Lenya Competition and he was a national semifinalist in the Met Opera Competition.