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Bio

Ricky Lee Owens, Jr, countertenor, from Dallas, Texas, will graduate May 2024 with a Masters of Music Degree with a concentration in Vocal Performance- Opera from Carnegie Mellon University, where he is a student of Professor Sari Gruber. Mr. Owens will be attending New England Conservatory of Music in the fall of 2024 to pursue a Graduate Diploma in Opera Studies. He recently obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance at Prairie View A & M University, where he was a student of 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 trailblazing countertenor John Holiday for 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.

"Be open enough to learn from criticism, secure enough to celebrate the success of others, wise enough to not take anything personally and ultimately, BRAVE enough to be the singer you were always meant to be"

-Bethany Goldstan

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