Equally at home in concert, recital, and opera performances, bass-baritone Eric Owens is an accomplished, multiple award–winning star of all three fields. He has performed with some of the most notable opera companies in the world—San Francisco Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Houston Grand Opera; Paris Opera; English National Opera; Glimmerglass Opera; and the Metropolitan Opera, where he continues his work this season with its Ring cycle. This season, a recital tour—with pianists Robert Spano and Craig Rutenberg—takes Owens to Washington, DC; Berkeley; Portland; Philadelphia; and, of course, Carnegie Hall.
His February 21 Zankel Hall recital with Spano—that includes songs by Schumann, Debussy, and Duparc—is just the first of three Carnegie Hall appearances this season. On March 6 he sings Beethoven's Missa solemnis with Kurt Masur and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He rounds out the season on May 24 by singing the role of Jochanaan in a concert performance of Strauss's Salome with The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst.
Despite everything that he has going on, Eric takes a break from singing Alberich in Wagner's Siegfried at the Met next week to come to our offices for a video interview. And, as if that weren't enough, he has offered to answer your questions! Send us your best question by Sunday, November 6 at midnight for a chance to have it featured in the upcoming Q&A video.
Ask him about his career to date, his operatic roles, his preparation for recitals, his hopes for the future, how it feels to step onto the stage at Carnegie Hall—anything! Post your questions on our Facebook wall, tweet us @carnegiehall, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to add your question to the mix.
We will select four of your questions, ask Eric when he's "in the chair," and post his responses on our website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page in the week following the interview.
Related:February 21, Eric Owens and Robert SpanoMarch 6, Boston Symphony OrchestraMay 24, The Cleveland OrchestraStrauss's Salome in A Golden Age of MusicLive from Carnegie Hall WQXR broadcasts