Boyd Owen is a proud citizen of both Australia and New Zealand, and commenced his studies with Peter Mander at the Melba Conservatorium of Music in Melbourne, Australia. Further studies were with Qilian Chen in Shanghai, China, and Gabriella Ravazzi in Genova, Italy. He has performed with opera companies and symphony orchestras in Australia, Europe, the USA and Asia.
The current season began with a very exciting debut for Boyd. He sang the tenor solo in Orff’s Carmina Burana at Carnegie Hall, which marked his classical debut, not only in New York, but also the USA. Immediately following this he returned to Shanghai, China, to sing in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and then won first prize in the Sydney Eisteddfod Operatic Scholarship singing competition, Australia.
The previous seasons included many debuts and competitions. Returning to Australia for the first time in many years he sang Riccardo Percy in Melbourne Opera’s Anna Bolena, conducted by Greg Hocking and directed by Susanne Chaundry. He made his debut with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opera Florence, singing Lindoro in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, with conductor Bruno Campanella and director Joan Font. He also debuted with Teatro Municipale di Piacenza and Teatro Alghieri di Ravenna singing Don Narciso in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, conducted by Giovani di Stefano and directed by Federico Bertolani. He returned to Teatro Comunale di Bologna, with their Opera Next program, to debut the role of Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale with conductor Giuseppe La Malfa and director Gianni Marras. He sang in the semi-finals of the Hans Garbor Belvedere international singing competition, in Amsterdam; and in the Sydney Operatic Scholarship, the Herald Sun Aria, Melbourne, and the New Zealand Aria opera competitions he won second place. His Symphonic concert work included debuts in Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Charles Hausmann, Orff’s Carmina Burana conducted by Fred Sjöberg, and Puccini’s Messa Di Gloria conducted by Somos Csaba, all in Shanghai, China. He also sang Schubert’s Mass in G Major in Alessandria, Italy, with conductor Franck Chastrusse Colombier.
Prior to this he made his house debut with the Teatro Communale di Bologna, Italy, in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw playing the role of Peter Quint and the Prologue, conducted by Jonathan Webb; and opened their symphonic season singing the tenor solo in Britten’s Ballad of Heroes, conducted by Aziz Shokhakimov. He debuted the role of Prince Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Teatro dell’Opera Giocosa, Savona, conducted by Giovani di Stefano. He also returned to Orvieto for the Spazio Musica Opera and Concert Summer Season to debut Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore conducted by Vittorio Parisi, having previously performed with them the role of Don Basilio in Mozart’s The Marriage Of Figaro, and winning the men’s section of the 18th International Spazio Musica Singing Competition.
He performed with the Australian group The Ten Tenors for many years. His time with the group included numerous highlights: TV appearances such as the Jerry Lewis Telethon, USA; Carols by Candlelight, Australia; Verstehen sie Spass, Germany; and the Allsång festivals in Norway and Sweden; as well as recording the live DVD Amigos Para Siempre in Madrid with the RTVE orchestra. He is the singing voice behind the Foster’s Carlton Draught ad campaign Slow Motion – Made From Beer. He also released a solo album titled Songno. He appeared in the workshop cast of the new Broadway musical Angels.