Internationally recognized for her “beauty and musicality” (The London Times), Angela L. Owens began the 2018-2019 season as guest artist with the Harborside Atrium in Jersey City, New Jersey, benefitting the celebrated Ethical Community Charter School. She is also a company member of the Fall 2018 debut performances of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang’s Mile Long Opera on the Highline in New York City.
In recent seasons, Angela has been a guest lecturer and recitalist for Columbia University’s Earl Hall in New York and has sung performances of Wynton Marsalis’s Abyssinian Mass with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Chautauqua Institution. Additional engagements have included appearances with chef de chant à l’Opéra national de Paris, Morgane Fauchois-Prado at The American Church in Paris; The Harris Arts Center and Roland Hayes Museum, The West Village String Quartet, and a live adaptation of WQXR’s Terrence McKnight’s radio documentary, A Beautiful Symphony Of Brotherhood for New Jersey’s UPAC Auditorium. Further performances of note include collaborations with the critically acclaimed Opera Noire of New York and composer Ricky Ian Gordon at Manhattan School of Music’s Greenfield Hall and conceptual artist Adam Pendleton’s 2017 installation for the Frieze Projects Commission on Randall’s Island.
Angela regularly performs and premieres commissions of new works, most recently Dorothy Rudd Moore’s opera, Papa Doc for Trilogy Opera Company in Newark, New Jersey and Derek Cooper’s song cycle Of Life and Growing Up for soprano, violin and piano. Angela also debuted the role of Maxine McNair in Richard Pearson Thomas’s Blood of Angels for Manhattan School of Music’s Page to Stage Series, co-sponsored by Encompass New Opera and American Opera Projects, as well as the Composers Now Festival with Tania León.
Internationally, she has appeared at the La Folle Journeé festival in Nantes with the world renowned American Spiritual Ensemble, and at the Szeged Open Air Festival with the Szeged Symphony Orchestra, singing the role of Bess in George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Of her portrayal, the Hungarian Daily described her “beautiful soprano” as “impressive and powerfully erotic.” Further performances of Porgy and Bess have followed at Atlanta Opera (conducted by Keith Lockhart) and at the Opéra Comique in Paris, France.
Previous additional operatic roles include Blanche (The Dialogues of the Carmelites), Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw), Miss Silverpeal (The Impresario) The Sandman/Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), Despina (Così Fan Tutte), and the roles of Bess and Clara in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in over twenty opera houses and concert halls throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Egypt, Ireland, Whales and England. In concert, her repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah and Dettingen Te Deum, Schubert’s Stabat Mater and Mass in G, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer, Fauré’s Requiem and Mozart’s Coronation Mass.
Angela’s versatility and acting skills have produced proud achievements in music theater as well – regional credits which include The Good Fairy in Pinocchio, Alice in I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road, Mrs. Brown in Me and My Gal, Flo in Good News, Hattie in Kiss Me Kate, Susannah in Tintypes, Belladova in Phantom and Josephine Baker in the World Premiere of Dodsworth with Hal Linden at Fort Worth’s Casa Mañana Theater.
Angela can be heard as The Narrator in Egil Hovland’s Saul, conducted by Donald Neuen (SouthMark Custom Recordings) and as Alice Ruth Moore in Richard Thompson’s The Mask in the Mirror (Parma Records/Naxos).
In television, Angela’s credits include Investigation Discovery’s Shadow of Doubt and The Perfect Murder and Netflix’s Luke Cage.
Angela is an alumna of Brevard College, Florida State University and The University of Texas at Austin.