About Owen Willetts
Owen began singing as a choral scholar at Lichfield Cathedral. He then went on to the Royal Academy of Music, where he spent four years studying with Noelle Barker, Iain Leadingham and David Lowe.
Owen has worked with many of the leading names in historical performance, including Laurence Cummings, Christian Curnyn, Emmanuelle Haim, Marc Minkowsi and Raphael Pichon. He has performed concerts across Europe, including Bach’s Johannes Passion, Purcell’s Ode to St Cecilia, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor for Les Musicians de Louvre, and Scarlatti’s Penelope la Casta and Handel’s Rinaldo (Eustazio) for the Lautten Compagney.
On the opera stage, Owen has performed the role of Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea with Laurence Cummings and the Royal Academy Opera, for the Reykjavik Summer Opera, and for Christian Curnyn and the Iford Arts Festival; Anfinomus and Humano Fragilitata in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno di Ulysses in Patria for Graham Vick and the Birmingham Opera Company; the title role in Handel’s Orlando for the Halle Opera House and the Halle Handel Festival; sang the alto arias in Bach’s Johannes Passion in a staged production for the Dutch National Reisopera; the role of Unulfo in Handel’s Rodelinda for Christian Curnyn and the Iford Arts Festival, and sang in Emmanuelle Haim’s tour of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. Owen has understudied the role of The Innocent in Harrison Birtwistle’s new opera The Minotaur, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and again at the ROH, the role of Satirino in Cavalli’s La Calisto. For the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Owen has understudied the role of Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronzione di Poppea, and Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare.
This season’s engagements include a recital of lute songs with Dai Miller in Edinburgh; a recital with the English Viol Consort in London’s Banqueting House; a tour of Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion with Les Musiciens du Louvre and performances of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Telemann Chamber Orchestra in Japan. This Winter Owen will sing the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare for the Finnish National Opera, Helsinki.