Eric Owens, internationally acclaimed bass-baritone, will lead a master class with singers from The Juilliard School’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 4-6 PM. The event will be the final in a trio of live-streamed master classes hosted by Juilliard this season. Juilliard has built a new, higher capacity streaming site and viewers can access the live stream for this master class at http://live.juilliard.edu/. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato opened the series of master classes on October 4, 2013, followed by soprano and Juilliard alumna Renée Fleming on February 13, 2014. Each of the master classes is archived on Juilliard’s YouTube channel.
Mr. Owens has a unique reputation as an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of contemporary opera. Equally at home in orchestral, recital, and operatic performances, Mr. Owens brings his powerful poise, expansive voice, and instinctive acting to stages around the world. This will be Mr. Owens’ first master class at The Juilliard School.
Four Juilliard singers have been chosen to participate in this master class: sopranos Julia Bullock and Mary Feminear, baritone Takaoki Onishi, and bass Önay Köse. Time permitting, Mr. Owens will conclude the afternoon with a brief Q&A period.
Current students and Juilliard Patrons comprise the invited audience for this master class. If you would like information about becoming a Juilliard Patron, please visit Juilliard’s website at Juilliard Membership.
About Bass-Baritone Eric Owens
Eric Owens began his 2013-14 season in Berlin, performing J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle. He appeared as Sarastro in The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera and he made another role debut as Vodnik in Rusalka at Lyric Opera Chicago. This spring, Mr. Owens sang the title role in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Handel’s Hercules. On May 11, he will sing a duo recital with soprano Susanna Phillips, presented by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Throughout the season, Mr. Owens has bowed as Alberich in the Deutsche Oper Berlin Ring Cycle and this summer, he will perform in the Wiener Staatsoper’s Ring Cycle.
Mr. Owens received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the title role in the world premiere of Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel with the Los Angeles Opera, and he enjoys a close association with John Adams, for whom he performed the role of General Leslie Groves in the world premiere of Doctor Atomic at the San Francisco Opera, and of the Storyteller in the world premiere of A Flowering Tree in Vienna. Doctor Atomic was later recorded and received the 2012 Grammy® for Best Opera Recording. Mr. Owens made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in Adams’ Nativity oratorio El Niño.
Eric Owens’ career operatic highlights include his San Francisco Opera debut in Otello; his Royal Opera debut in Norma; Aida at Houston Grand Opera; Rigoletto, Il trovatore, and La bohème at Los Angeles Opera; Die Zauberflöte for his Paris Opera (Bastille) debut; and Ariodante and L’incoronazione di Poppea at the English National Opera. He sang Collatinus in a highly acclaimed Christopher Alden production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Glimmerglass Opera. Mr. Owens has also sung Mephistopheles in Faust, Frère Laurent and Angelotti in Tosca, and Aristotle Onassis in the world premiere of Jackie O (available on the Argo label) with that company. Mr. Owens is also featured on recordings by both Telarc and Nonesuch Records.
About the Juilliard Singers
Soprano Julia Bullock currently pursues an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies at The Juilliard School, working with Edith Bers. She was presented in acclaimed recital debuts in the Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center and Merkin Concert Hall. She sang the title role in Purcell’s The Indian Queen, directed by Peter Sellars at the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Perm Opera House in Russia, and she is slated to sing the role at the English National Opera in 2015. She has toured South America as Pamina in Peter Brook’s A Magic Flute, and sang the title role in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with Juilliard Opera. She made her San Francisco Symphony debut in West Side Story in concert, under Michael Tilson Thomas, and has appeared with the New York Festival of Song and at the Ojai, Marlboro, and Caramoor festivals. Ms. Bullock is the recipient of the Loretta Varon Lewis Award in Voice, Philo Higley Scholarship, Barbara Rogers Agosin Scholarship, Hardesty and Beverley Peck Johnson Fund. She recently won first prize in the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s international vocal competition.
Soprano Mary Feminear, originally from Auburn Alabama, is an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies student at The Juilliard School, studying with Edith Wiens. In January 2014, she appeared as Aréthuze and Proserpine in Gotham Chamber Opera’s production of La descente d’Orphée aux enfers. Other opera credits include Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Abigail Williams in The Crucible, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Constance Fletcher in The Mother of Us All, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. She has performed in recitals in affiliation with New York Festival of Song, Juilliard415, Wednesdays at One in Alice Tully Hall, The Leschetiszky Foundation, and Teachers College, Columbia University. She received an M.A. in 2012 from Teachers College, Columbia University with an academic focus on music education, vocal pedagogy, and voice disorders. She is a recipient of the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship, Hardesty & Beverley Peck Johnson Fund, and the 2013 Makiko Narumi Memorial Prize.
Bass Önay Köse, a native of Ankara, Turkey, is a master of music student at The Juilliard School, studying with Robert C. White, Jr. While studying metallurgical and materials engineering at Middle East Technical University, Mr. Köse began studying voice with Eralp Kiyici, Nicola Ghiuselev, and Bonaldo Giaiotti, and coached with Fugen Yigitgil. In 2011 and 2012, he attended the Mozarteum International Summer Academy and participated in master classes with Edda Moser, Gerd Uecker, Sigfried Jerusalem, Herman Keckeis, Tom Krause, and Ruggero Raimondi. In 2013, he attended Georg Solti Accademia where he participated in master classes given by Dennis O'Neill, Daniela Dessì, Luciana Serra, and Richard Bonynge. At Juilliard he has appeared as Pantalone in Le donne curiose, Priest/Badger in The Cunning Little Vixen, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, and Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin. Mr. Köse is a recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Scholarship, the Risë Stevens Scholarship, and the Dora L. Foster Scholarship.
Baritone Takaoki Onishi, a native of Tokyo, Japan, is an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies student at The Juilliard School, studying with Robert C. White, Jr. Competition successes include: Top Prize in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, First Prizes in both the Opera Index, Inc. and Licia Albanese – Puccini International vocal competitions, and the IFAC-Juilliard Prize Singing Competition. Mr. Onishi has received the Makiko Narumo Prize for Outstanding Singer and grants from the Giulio Gari Foundation. At Juilliard, he has appeared in the U.S. premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen!, La scala di seta (Blansac), and Don Giovanni (Masetto). Mr. Onishi also created a leading role in the world premiere of Marty Regan’s The Memory Stone with Houston Grand Opera’s East/West program. This season, Mr. Onishi performed the role of Jesus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Alice Tully Hall, the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Juilliard Opera, and will cover the role of Ford in Falstaff at the Saito Kinen Festival, conducted by Fabio Luisi. Mr. Onishi is a recipient of the Philo Higley Scholarship, the Tamara and Richard Patrick Calvert Scholarship, and the Hardesty and Beverly Peck Johnson Fund Scholarship.