Director of Opera
Division: Classical Voice
Position: Assistant Professor
Office: E-544 HFAC
Baritone Shea Owens, in his final season with the Theater Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra in St. Gallen, Switzerland, was a featured soloist in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Cimarosa’s Il maestro di cappella, and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. He will round off the season performing as Alvaro in Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas and the Officer in Franz Schmidt’s Notre Dame.
In the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Owens performed the roles of Valentin in Gounod’s Faust, Agamemnon in Offenbach’s comedy La belle Hélène, and the Baron in Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon. Roles that were postponed because of the pandemic include Gaveston in George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence, Prince Ottokar in Der Freischütz, and the baritone soloist in Carmina burana. In the previous season, Mr. Owens performed as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Prince Iwan and The Chamberlain in a double bill of Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky’s Kaschey the Immortal and The Nightingale, and the baritone soloist in staged performances of Haydn’s The Seasons.
Other past roles include Marcello in La bohème, Charlie in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers, Seneca in Jonathan Dawe’s Nero and the Fall of Lehman Brothers, Edward Kynaston in Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players, Colonel Ricci in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, Junius in The Rape of Lucretia, the title role in John Musto’s Bastianello, and Pacuvio in Rossini’s The Touchstone.
In addition to operatic and concert work, Mr. Owens has sung in community outreach performances, including hundreds of shows for school children as a young artist with Utah Opera, and an especially memorable collaboration with Wolf Trap Opera and Taffety Punk Theater Company to raise awareness about violence against women.
Mr. Owens is thrilled to be returning to BYU as an Assistant Professor of Voice and the Director of Opera, and very much looks forward to working with the wonderful faculty and students.