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 is an in-demand performance artist, educator, and clinician. Elated to have returned to the stage and classroom following Covid-19, recent past engagements include masterclasses and workshops at Maryville Highschool and Wagner College in New York, as well as the soprano soloist in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with the Long Lake Music Festival in upstate New York. Angela was also a guest artist with the Salisbury University Opera Theater in November.
In recent seasons, Angela has been a guest lecturer and recitalist for Columbia University’s Earl Hall, and she appeared in concert with Paris Opera’s chef de chant Morgane Fauchois-Prado, as well as The West Village String Quartet. Other collaborations of note include performances with the critically acclaimed Opera Noire of New York and composer Ricky Ian Gordon at Manhattan School of Music and with Alicia Hall Moran and conceptual artist Adam Pendleton for the Frieze Projects Commissions.
Angela regularly performs and premieres commissions of new works, including Dorothy Rudd Moore’s opera, Papa Doc for Trilogy Opera Company, and Derek Cooper’s song cycle Of Life and Growing Up for soprano, violin and piano. She also recently 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. Other new works include past performances of Sxip Shirey’s The Gauntlet with National Sawdust at Rockefeller Center and debut performances of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang’s Mile Long Opera on the Highline in New York City. Angela also premiered the live adaptation of WQXR’s Terrence McKnight's radio documentary, A Beautiful Symphony Of Brotherhood for New Jersey’s UPAC Auditorium.
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. Further performances of Porgy and Bess have followed at Dallas Opera, Atlanta Opera and at the Opéra Comique in Paris, France.
Angela’s versatility and acting skills have produced proud achievements in music theater as well – regional credits include 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.
On recordings, Angela can be heard as The Narrator in Egil Hovland’s Saul, conducted by Donald Neuen (SouthMark Custom Recordings), with the American Spiritual Ensemble and the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra Live at the Lyric’s recording, The Duke Returns! and as Alice Ruth Moore in Richard Thompson’s The Mask in the Mirror (Parma Records/Naxos), which was awarded Critic’s Choice by Opera News.
In television, Angela’s credits include Investigation Discovery’s Shadow of Doubt and The Perfect Murder, CBS’s Bull, and Netflix’s Luke Cage.
Angela is a former member of the voice faculty at Wagner College in New York and currently teaches voice at the University of Wisconsin (Parkside) and serves as a vocal coach for Interlochen Center for the Arts.
She is an alumna of Brevard College, Florida State University and the University of Texas at Austin. www.angelalowens.com