“One could scarcely imagine better casting of Mrs Grose than Anne-Marie Owens”
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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.
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 Falstafffor Glyndebourne Touring Opera and joined English National Opera in 1985, where her more recent roles have included Anezka The Two Widows, High Priestess La Vestale, Marfa Khovanshchina, Jezibaba Rusalka, and Judith Weir’s Blond Eckbert(filmed for Channel 4).
As one of Britain’s leading mezzo-sopranos, Anne-Marie Owens 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, Santa Fe 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, Herodias Salome and Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana. While maintaining many of these roles in her repertoire, further engagements have included Morozova in Tchaikovsky’s Opricnick in Cagliari, Madelon Andrea Chenierfor Scottish Opera, Ragonde Le Comte Oryfor Garsington Opera, Witch Hänsel und Gretel and Jezibaba Rusalkafor Opera Australia, Opera North and Grange Park Opera, Herodias in Salome for both Santa Fe Opera and Opera North, Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro, Mistress Quickly Falstaff for Grange Park Opera, Mrs Grose Turn of the Screwfor Glyndebourne on Tour and Azucena Il Trovatore for WNO. Recent engagements include Auntie Peter Grimes in Naples, Mary Der fliegende Holländer for London Lyric Opera, Fricka Das Rheingold and Die Walküre for Nationale Reisopera, Dame Hannah Ruddigore for Opera North, Princess Clarissa Love for Three Oranges for Grange Park Opera, Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Naradowa, Petrovna, The Tsar’s Bride for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Judith Weir’s Miss Fortune for Bregenz Festival.
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 Verdi, Handel, Mendelssohn,Mozart and Beethoven with such orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra, OAE, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, CBSO, RSNO, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, City of London Sinfonia and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Performances in recent seasons have included Beethoven 9th Symphony for the RPO, Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Ravel’s Sheherazade with the Chandos Symphony and Elijah with the English Chamber Choir.
Recent engagements have seen Anne-Marie perform Mahler 8th Symphony with Philharmonia (Maazel) and in Porto, a revival of Ruddigore with Opera North, Miss Fortune at Covent Garden, Mrs Herring Albert Herring in Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, Larina Eugene Onegin and Prioress Les Dialogues des Carmélites, both for Grange Park Opera. This season and beyond, she will sing Auntie Peter Grimes and The Countess Queen of Spades both for Grange Park Opera, Mrs Grose The Turn of the Screw in Toulouse and Brangäne Tristan und Isolde for Nationale Reisopera.
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“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)