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Ricky Lee Owens, Jr.


"Ricky Lee Owens, Jr. is a countertenor from Dallas, Texas, known for his stunning performances and his shimmery tone."

"Give me Jesus" arr. Moses Hogan

Upcoming Performances 

  • Caio Silla from Ottone in Villa by Vivaldi. Carnegie Mellon University Opera-Spring 2024

  • Opera Scenes (various)- Carnegie Mellon University Opera-Spring 2024

  • Lift Every Voice and Sing-Pittsburgh Festival Opera

  • Masters Recital. Carnegie Mellon University School of Music-Spring 2024

  • Recital in Dallas, Texas with the Dallas College Brookhaven Campus

Recent Performances

  • Songs in Flight by Shawn Okpebholo. SongFest-Summer 2023

  • Young Artist Fellows Showcase Recital. SongFest-Summer 2023

  • Featured Soloist Gloria by Vivaldi. Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic Orchestra-Fall 2022

  • Considering Matthew Shepherd. Carnegie Mellon University Opera-Fall 2022

About Me

Ricky Lee Owens, Jr, countertenor, from Dallas, Texas is a recent graduate May 2024 with a Master of Music Degree with concentration in Vocal Performance-Opera from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a student of Sari Gruber. He will pursue a Graduate Diploma in Opera from New England Conservatory of Music. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance from Prairie View A & M University, where he studied with Dr. Jammieca D. Mott. He has extended his academic performance scope to sing the roles of "Caio Silla" in Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa and ensemble work in Craig Johnsons’s Considering Matthew Shepherd. He has performed the partial roles of "Giulio Cesare" in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, "Oberon" in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and "Rinaldo" in Handel’s Rinaldo. He has participated in programs such as, SongFest, Lonestar Kingwood Summer Opera Workshop, as well as the inaugural class of Los Angeles Opera’s HBCU Opera Career Comprehensive, under the tutelage of Tenor, Russell Thomas. Mr. Owens has competed in the 105 Voices of History Solo Vocal Competition where he placed as a finalist. Mr. Owens’ concert work includes alto soloist for the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria. Mr. Owens covered the role of John Blue at Pittsburgh Opera Company, in the Opera We Shall Not be Moved by Danielle Roumain. He has most recently curated and performed a concert in collaboration with Pittsburgh Festival Opera. He has participated in Masterclasses with Martin Katz, Roger Vignoles, Nicole Cabell and Jamie Barton. Upcoming, Mr. Owens will participate in the Carnegie Mellon University Opera Scenes where he will sing the partial roles of “Cherubino” from Le Nozze di Figaro, “Orlofsky” from Die Fledermaus and “Arsemene” from Serse. Mr. Owens is excited to further his career within this art form and aspires to take on the world one stage at a time. 

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