Internationally recognized for her “beauty and musicality” (The London Times), as well as her “attractively full-bodied, passionate soprano voice” (Opera News), Angela L. Owens began the 2019-2020 season in performances of Sxip Shirey’s The Gauntlet with National Sawdust at Rockefeller Center. Angela was engaged in the 2018-2019 season as a company member for debut performances of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang’s Mile Long Opera on the Highline in New York City. She also was a guest lecture recitalist for Columbia University’s Earl Hall. Additional past engagements include appearances with chef de chant à l’Opéra national de Paris, Morgane Fauchois-Prado at The American Church in Paris; The West Village String Quartet in New York, and a live adaptation of WQXR’s Terrence McKnight's radio documentary, A Beautiful Symphony Of Brotherhood for New Jersey’s UPAC Auditorium. Further performances of note include collaborations with the critically acclaimed Opera Noire of New York and composer Ricky Ian Gordon at Manhattan School of Music’s Greenfield Hall and with Alicia Hall Moran and conceptual artist Adam Pendleton for his Frieze Projects Commission installation on Randall’s Island.
Angela regularly performs and premieres commissions of new works, most recently Dorothy Rudd Moore’s opera, Papa Doc for Trilogy Opera Company in Newark, New Jersey and Derek Cooper’s song cycle Of Life and Growing Up for soprano, violin and piano. Angela also debuted the role of Maxine McNair in Richard Pearson Thomas’s Blood of Angels for Manhattan School of Music’s Page to Stage Series, co-sponsored by Encompass New Opera and American Opera Projects, as well as the Composers Now Festival with Tania León. She can also be heard on the newly released cast recording of Richard Thompson’s opera, The Mask in the Mirror, which was awarded Critic’s Choice by Opera News.
Internationally, she has appeared at the La Folle Journeé festival in Nantes with the world renowned American Spiritual Ensemble, and at the Szeged Open Air Festival with the Szeged Symphony Orchestra, singing the role of Bess in George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Of her portrayal, the Hungarian Daily described her “beautiful soprano” as “impressive and powerfully erotic.” Further performances of Porgy and Bess have followed at Dallas Opera, Atlanta Opera (conducted by Keith Lockhart) and at the Opéra Comique in Paris, France.
Previous additional operatic roles include Blanche (The Dialogues of the Carmelites), Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw), Miss Silverpeal (The Impresario) The Sandman/Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), Despina (Così Fan Tutte), and the roles of Bess and Clara in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in over twenty opera houses and concert halls throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Egypt, Ireland, Whales and England. In concert, her repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah and Dettingen Te Deum, Schubert’s Stabat Mater and Mass in G, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer, Fauré’s Requiem and Mozart’s Coronation Mass.
Angela’s versatility and acting skills have produced proud achievements in music theater as well – regional credits which include The Good Fairy in Pinocchio, Alice in I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road, Mrs. Brown in Me and My Gal, Flo in Good News, Hattie in Kiss Me Kate, Susannah in Tintypes, Belladova in Phantom and Josephine Baker in the World Premiere of Dodsworth with Hal Linden at Fort Worth’s Casa Mañana Theater.
Angela can be heard as The Narrator in Egil Hovland’s Saul, conducted by Donald Neuen (SouthMark Custom Recordings), as Alice Ruth Moore in Richard Thompson’s The Mask in the Mirror (Parma Records/Naxos) and with the American Spiritual Ensemble and the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra Live at the Lyric’s recording, The Duke Returns! In television, Angela’s credits include Investigation Discovery’s Shadow of Doubt and The Perfect Murder and Netflix’s Luke Cage.
Angela is an alumna of Brevard College, Florida State University and The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently in her sophomore year as voice faculty for the Wagner College Music Department on Staten Island in New York.