“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 Falstaff for Glyndebourne Touring Opera and then joined English National Opera in 1985, 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, 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 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 and Opera North), 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 Verdi, Handel, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven with such orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, 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 (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), Mahler 8th Symphony (Philharmonia/Lorin Maazel and in Porto), Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Ravel’s Shéhérazade (Chandos Symphony) and Elijah with the English Chamber Choir, and Solokha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve with Chelsea Opera Group,
Recent operatic engagements include 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 Jenufa (Scottish Opera). This season Anne-Marie will sing Háta in Garsington Opera’s upcoming production of The Bartered Bride.
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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)