Marjorie Owens, a former member of the Sächsische Staatsoper in Dresden and a Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, will open Baylor University’s 2018-2019 Distinguished Artist Series with a concert on Friday, November 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. Her pianist for the Baylor concert will be Myra Huang, who has been acclaimed by Opera News as being “among the top accompanists of her generation.”
Ms. Owens is receiving a great deal of acclaim as one of the most exciting young dramatic sopranos to have recently come to the public’s attention. This season, she returns to the Metropolitan Opera’s roster for a variety of roles and makes her debut with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Fabio Luisi in her signature-role of Senta in Der fliegende Holländer. She will also be heard with Utah Opera as the title-role in Norma. Future projects include debuts with the Canadian Opera Company and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.
The Baylor program will commence with three songs by French composer Henri Duparc, his “L’invitation au voyage,” “Lamento,” and “Au pays où se fait la guerre.”
Three songs by the great Russian master, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, will also be heard, along with two operatic arias, “Es gibt ein Reich” from Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss and “In questa reggia” from Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot.
After intermission, Marjorie Owens and Myra Huang will perform three of the Wesendonck Lieder by German composer Richard Wagner: “Der Engel,” “Schmerzen,” and “Träume.”
Four songs by Richard Strauss will close the program. Ms. Owens will sing “Das Rosenband,” “Cäcilie,” “Winterweihe,” and “Frühlingsfeier.”
Tickets for this Distinguished Artist Series concert are available online through the Baylor University box office at www.baylor.edu/tickets, or in person at the Bill Daniel Student Center. The telephone number is 254-710-3210. General admission tickets are $15. Tickets for students, senior citizens, and Baylor faculty and staff are $10.