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Eric Owens's Top Five Operatic Entrances

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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: