Opera News brings us an April feature on American Bass Baritone, the Philadelphia-born Eric Owens, who's been tearing it up since his high profile L.A. Opera appearance, singing the title role in Elliot Goldenthal's 2006 premiere of Grendel. We've since been following him through his Metropolitan Opera appearances (Leslie Groves in Doctor Atomic, Sarastro in Zauberflote, while 2010 brings an appearance as Alberich in Lepage's Ring), and his Capelio will soon be sandwiched between the hawtness of Netrebko & Garanca at the ROH for the Pier Luigi Pizzi revival of I Capuleti e i Montecchi. This summer, he'll be singing the title role in the San Francisco Opera's Porgy & Bess and blessing the left coast with his gorgeous, rich, dramatic bass pipes.
We've heard that John Adams is his biggest huge fan (who's already written a couple roles for the basso cantante baritone, like the Storyteller in A Flowering Tree), but we'll battle him in a dance-off to reclaim the title. We're perfecting our airflares & handhops as we speak, Mister Adams.