Soprano Marjorie Owens is in her second season as a member of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. After receiving her Bachelors of Music from Baylor University, she was accepted into the Houston Grand Opera Young Artist Studio with whom she performed for four seasons. Owens most recently performed Countess Almaviva in HGO's student matinees of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. She has also been seen on the HGO mainstage in La Traviata, Jenufa, Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Trovatore, and Mark Adamo's Lysistrata. This past season at the Lyric, she covered Liu in Turandot and Madame Lidoine in Les Dialogues des Carmelites.
Recent awards include First Place in the Ft. Worth Marguerite McCammon Competition, Second Place in the 35th Annual Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition Advanced Division, First Place and the Audience Choice award in the Dallas Opera Guild Career Development Grant for Singers Competition, and Second Place in the Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers. Most recently, the soprano was a Grand Finals winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Ms. Owens attended the Aspen Opera Theater Center in the summer of 2003, where she sang scenes from Tosca under Maestro David Zinman, and again in 2004 where she performed Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw under Maestro Richard Bado and Viktor Ullmann's Sechs Lieder under Maestro James Conlon with the Aspen Chamber Orchestra. In the summer of 2005 at Wolftrap, the soprano sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni under Maestro Ari Pelto. She sang Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte in the summer of 2006, as well as Mimi in La Boheme this past summer with the Ryan Opera Center. This season, Ms. Owens will sing Annina in La Traviata and cover Alice (Falstaff) and Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) with the Lyric Opera.