Anne-Marie Owens

Anne-Marie Owens

“One could scarcely imagine better casting of Mrs Grose than Anne-Marie Owens”

Opera Magazine

Representation: General Management

Photo: Julie Kim


Anne-Marie Owens was born in South Shields and maintains strong links with North East England.   She made her debut at Glyndebourne and then joined English National Opera.   Her rich mezzo soprano voice has received an enthusiastic response from audiences throughout the world, and continues to do so, with repertoire that includes roles such as Brangane, Madame de Croissy, Mrs Sedley,   The Countess in Pique Dame and Mrs Grosse.     During her long career she has performed with many of the world’s great opera companies and orchestras.


Full Biography

Born in South Shields, Anne-Marie Owens studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Laura Sarti and at the National Opera Studio. She made her professional debut as Mistress Quickly Falstaff for Glyndebourne Touring Opera and then joined English National Opera, where her roles have included Anezka The Two Widows, High Priestess La Vestale, Marfa Khovanshchina, Jezibaba Rusalka and Judith Weir’s Blond Eckbert (also filmed for Channel 4).

As one of Britain’s leading mezzo-sopranos, Anne-Marie has performed for many of the world’s great opera companies, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Opéra National de Paris,  Théâtre Royale de La Monnaie, Opéra de Lausanne, New York City Opera, Santiago Opera, Arizona Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Opera di San Carlo, the Komische Oper, Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opera Australia and at the Hong Kong and Saito Kinen Festivals. Anne-Marie’s vast operatic repertoire has included Brangäne Tristan und Isolde, Amneris Aida, Azucena Il Trovatore, Venus Tannhäuser and Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana. While maintaining many of these roles in her repertoire, further engagements have included Madelon Andrea Chenier (Scottish Opera), Ragonde Le Comte Ory (Garsington Opera), Witch Hänsel und Gretel and Jezibaba Rusalka for Opera Australia, Opera North and Grange Park Opera, Herodias in Salome (Santa Fe Opera),  Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro, Mistress Quickly Falstaff and Princess Clarissa Love for Three Oranges (Grange Park Opera), Mrs Grose Turn of the Screw (Glyndebourne on Tour), Azucena Il Trovatore (WNO), Auntie Peter Grimes in Naples, Mary Der Fliegende Holländer (London Lyric Opera), Fricka Das Rheingold and Die Walküre (Nederlandse Reisopera), Dame Hannah Ruddigore (Opera North), The Tsar’s Bride (ROH) and Judith Weir’s Miss Fortune for Bregenz Festival and Covent Garden.

Anne-Marie is also in much demand on the concert platform, where she regularly performs the works of Mahler, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and the choral works of Handel, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven with such orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra, OAE, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, CBSO, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, City of London Sinfonia and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  Performances in recent seasons have included Beethoven 9th Symphony (RPO), Mahler 8th Symphony (Philharmonia/Lorin Maazel and in Porto), Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Elijah with the English Chamber Choir, and Solokha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve with Chelsea Opera Group.

Recent operatic engagements include Háta in Garsington Opera’s recent production of The Bartered Bride, a return to Scottish Opera to sing Filippyevna in Oliver Mears’ new production of Eugene Onegin, as well as joining their Sunday Opera in Concert series as Marta Iolanta, and a concert performance of Aleko. Further UK appearances include Grandmother Buryjovka in Jenůfa and Waltraute Die Walküre for the inaugural season of Grange Park Opera’s newly built Theatre in the Woods, a return to Opera North to sing La Frugola Il Tabarro, Mamma Lucia Cavalleria rusticana (WNO), Prioress Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Auntie Peter Grimes, and the Countess Queen of Spades and Larina Eugene Onegin for Grange Park Opera. In Europe she has sung Mrs Herring Albert Herring (Théâtre du Capitole), Mrs Grose The Turn of the Screw (Vienna Konzerthaus, Théâtre du Capitole), Mrs Sedley Peter Grimes (Staatsoper Hamburg), Brangäne Tristan und Isolde (Nederlandse Reisopera), and Grandmother Buryjovka Jenůfa (Scottish Opera). This season Anne-Marie sings Juno Orpheus in the Underworld as part of English National Opera’s Orpheus Series.

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Email: Evie Parker



Hazard Chase singers in Orpheus Series

September 27th, 2019

English National Opera’s Autumn 2019 season

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UK Summer Opera 2019

May 20th, 2019

Hazard Chase artists in this year’s summer opera festivals.

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Janacek at the Theatre in the Woods

June 8th, 2017

Natalya Romaniw makes her role debut as Jenufa, joined by Peter Hoare as Laca and Anne-Marie Owens as the Grandmother at Grange Park Opera’s new home at West Horsley Place

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Offenbach ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD (English National Opera

‘with Anne-Marie Owens an appropriately dominant voice as Juno’
Mark Valencia, Musical America (October 2019)


Mascagni: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Welsh National Opera)

“David Kempster [is] solid as Alfio, though for all-round excellence one must turn to Rebecca Afonwy-Jones’s butter-wouldn’t-melt Lola and Anne-Marie Owens’s fraught Mamma Lucia.”
George Hall, The Stage (May 2016)

“The ample warmth of Anne-Marie Owens mezzo also made for a vivid Mamma Lucia”
Rian Evans, Opera Magazine (August 2016)


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Poulenc DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES – Grange Park Opera

“Anne-Marie Owens rose nobly to the shattering heights of the Old Prioress’s death scene”
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph (June 2013)


Wagner DAS RHEINGOLD – Nationale Reisopera

“Anne-Marie Owens’s Fricka was so good that one wondered why the role has eluded her in Britain”
Hugh Canning – Opera Magazine (January 2010)


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Dvorak RUSALKA – Chandos (CHAN 10449) – Richard Hickox

”Anne-Marie Owens is satisfyingly rich and fruity (as Jezibaba), where her Decca counterpart is relatively thin-toned”
Edward Greenfield – Gramophone (March 2008)


IL TROVATORE – Welsh National Opera

“Anne-Marie Owens provides a fiery Azucena, truly savage yet moving in her maternal love”
John Holliday – The Stage (October 2007)

“O’Neill’s partnership with Anne-Marie Owens’ formidable Azucena succeeded in tugging at the heartstrings”
Rian Evans – The Guardian (October 2007)


THE TURN OF THE SCREW – Glyndebourne Festival

“One could scarcely imagine better casting of Mrs Grose than Anne-Marie Owens”
Michael Kennedy – Opera Magazine (August 2007)

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Artist Manager

Sue Nicholls (Cambridge)
01223 706023

Associate Artist Manager

Evie Parker (Cambridge)
01223 706414