Eric Owens's Top Five Operatic Entrances

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Bass-baritone Eric Owens has one of the most uniquely varied resumes in opera today. He has portrayed everything from a Monster in the opera Grendel, to the high priest Ramfis in Aida, to his latest assignment, the Nibelung dwarf Alberich in the Met’s new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Below, listen to Naomi Lewin's interview in which Owens talks about the Robert Lepage production of the Ring, about budding interest in conducting and about why he held off on singing Porgy in Porgy and Bess. But first, check out Owens's list of the top five entrances in opera (and the music that accompanies each):

5. Scarpia's entrance in Act 1 of Puccini's of Tosca
4. Tristan's entrance in Act 2 of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde
3. The Marschallin's entrance in Act 3 of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier
2. Lodovico’s entrance in Act 3 of Verdi’s Otello
1. Blanche de la Force’s entrance in Act 1 of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites

Eric Owens on singing the Met's Ring Cycle:

On the dangers of the recital stage:

On conducting, playing the oboe and finally tackling Porgy and Bess:

More in:

Comments [6]

slgreene3 from UWS

Ms. Giovetti,

But those five notes clearly identify Scarpia as a VERY bad guy. Surely you don't mean to imply that POTUS can ever possibly be an evildoer. Oh, no! It's too horrible to contemplate!

Jul. 22 2012 10:55 PM
Greenie from NYC

Mmmm, I think enhance of the Giants in Rheingold can't be beat. BIG percussion, instantly ends all the gods' squabbling, you know something big and bad is coming.

Apr. 10 2012 09:43 AM
mike from Bronx

Otello's entrance in Act I of OTELLO. In my opinion,
this is the most electrifying entrance in all opera.

Mar. 26 2012 11:24 AM
maddy from new york city

I love that he said, "Joe Green". It took me back to old friends of many years ago.

Feb. 10 2012 08:37 PM
Erica Miner from CA

These are indeed some very powerful entrances, and Owens is spot on. I believe ooera lovers, aficionados and fanatics everywhere will get a charge out of these, as I have.

Feb. 10 2012 03:26 PM

I still maintain that the five notes played for Scarpia's entrance in Tosca should replace "Hail to the Chief" as the POTUS's entrance music.

Feb. 09 2012 07:02 PM

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