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Chris Owens
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Christian Dwight Owens began his professional career as an apprentice with Houston Grand Opera and Santa Fe Opera. After his recent transition from baritone to tenor, career highlights include Radames in Aida with Indianapolis Opera; Radames in Aida and Cavaradossi in Tosca with New York Grand Opera, Malcolm in a concert performance of Macbeth with Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall, and concerts in Hawaii, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Alabama.

As a baritone, he sang the role of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (Houston Grand Opera and Washington Opera), Der Heerufer in Lohengrin and Schaunard in La Boheme (Houston Grand Opera), Albert in Werther and The Mogul in the world premiere of Argento's The Dream of Valentino (Washington Opera). Other major roles include Michele in Il Tabarro, Horace Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Escamillo in Carmen, Top in The Tender Land (Copland), Il Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore, Germont in La Traviata, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Figaro and Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro, Tonio in I Pagliacci, Alfio in Cavaleria Rusticana, and Bilby in Bilby's Doll (with Carlyle Floyd).

The vast list of artists Mr. Owens has performed opposite includes Cecilia Bartoly, Jose Carreras, Mignon Dunn, Placido Domingo, Richard Paul Fink, Mirella Freni, Eva Marton, and Juan Pons. He has performed roles under the baton of such internationally known conductors as Yves Abel, Placido Domingo, John Demain, Christoph Eschenbach, Heinz Fricke, Christopher Keene, Vincent LaSelva, and Julius Rudel.

Mr. Owens academic credentials include degrees from Samford University (Birmingham), Southern Seminary (Louisville), and post graduate studies at University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music and University of Houston. His teachers and coaches include Arthur Levy, Andrew White, Randall Richardson, Elena Nikolaidi, Martin Katz, Craig Rutenberg and Thomas Grubb.
Concert highlights include Carmina Burana with The Houston Symphony Chorus in Mexico City and The Alabama Symphony and Ballet, Mozart's Requiem with The Alabama Symphony and The Virginia Consort, a Wagner Gala with The Hawaii Opera Theater, and a concert of Wagner arias and scenes at the German Embassy, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Owens has received generous support from The Corbett Foundation, The Dieterle Foundation, The Sullivan Foundation, The Olga Forrai Foundation, The New York Wagner Society, and The Washington Wagner Society. His website is www.chiatenor.com.


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McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu