Carly Owen


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Welsh soprano Carly Owen begins the 2018-19 Season as principal soprano at Theater & Orchester Heidelberg, her debut season in the ensemble. Roles this season include Gilda Rigoletto, Ilia Idomeneo, Pamina Die Zauberflöte and Hanna Glawari Die lustige Witwe.

Last season the artist was a member of the National Opera Studio in London with whom she took part in residencies across the UK showcasing excerpts from a number of roles including title role Rodelinda (Opera North) director Christopher Alden, Magda Sorel The Consul (St John’s Smith Square) director Keith Warner, The Queen of Shemakha The Golden Cockerel and Susanna Khovanshchina (Scottish Opera) director Max Hoehn, Violetta La Traviata, Alice Ford Falstaff, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus, Countessa Le Nozze di Figaro, Romilda Serse (Welsh National Opera) director Emma Jenkins.

Recent highlights include her role debut as Musetta La Bohème with Diva Opera on tour in the UK and in France for which she received outstanding reviews. She joined The Royal Ballet as a guest soloist in their revival of Woolf Works at the Royal Opera House in February 2017.

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Rigoletto, Theater & Orchester Heidelberg

September 2018

A masterpiece provided the new cast member Carly Owen in the role of Gilda. Here we are dealing with a wonderful soprano of the best Italian training, with a variety of colors and great differentiation. The sparkling coloratura came perfectly and she was also secure with the height. She sang the "Caro nome" with soul and with great intimacy, it was the highlight of the performance. That was a big achievement! Also she could convince.

Der OpernFreund, Ludwig Steinbach, 1 October 2018

Above all, the new soprano at the house, the Wales-born Carly Owen, as Gilda a vocal portrait of the first class. Light with secure top notes and an expressive middle register make this singer the centre of the performance.

Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, Matthias Roth, 24 September 2018

Among the singers, Carly Owen crowns this production as Gilda. Her timbre is clear, not too sharp and the interpretation of the Aria Caro nome - beloved name also succeeds with the coloratura and top notes perfectly.

Operapoint, Daniel Rilling, 24 September 2018

That is why they cast the role with a young dramatic soprano, the [Welsh] Carly Owen who has an extraordinary vocal potency and maturity, even though she looks very girly in appearance...Carly Owen also affirms her mature voice in the Caro-Nome aria, which she builds up with some suspense and garnishes with extra-fine coloratura.

Online Merker, Friedeon Rosén, 23 September 2018

Carly Owen sings Gilda brilliantly with gripping coloratura...

Echo Online, Thomas Weiss, 27 September 2018

La Bohème

Diva Opera, August 2017

...the volcanic Musetta of Carly Owen – a veritable condensation of charm and vocal voluptuousness...

Classic Toulouse, Robert Penavayre, 24 August 2017

La finta giardiniera

Royal College of Music International Opera School

Carly Owen was outstanding as Violante; she was compelling vocally and dramatically. Her duet with Belfiore in Act Two, when they had taken leave of their senses, combined farce and a touching child-like quality, which Mozart was later to achieve in The Magic Flute.

Classical Source, Amanda-Jane Doran, December 2016

Soprano Carly Owen, as Violante, was feisty and full of character; she used her focused tone and strong vibrato to convey Violante’s steeliness.

Opera Today, Claire Seymour, December 2016

Carly Owen in the title role had excellent recit skills, with a real feel for Italian phrasing.

Dehggial Wordpress, December 2016

Woolf Works

Royal Opera House

Carly Owen's enchanting notes adds a solitary tone which entwines with Galeazzi's movements

The London Magazine, Abi Lofthouse, February 2017

Carly Owen's Opera Repertoire


I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Giulietta)


Fidelio (Marzelline)


Turn of the Screw (Governess)


L'elisir d'amore (Adina)
Don Pasquale (Norina)


Alcina (Morgana)
Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra)
Rodelinda (title)


La finta giardiniera (Sandrina)
Le Nozze di Figaro (Susana)
Die Zauberflöte (Pamina)
Idomeneo (Ilia)
Don Giovanni (Zerlina) 


Cendrillon (title)
Manon (title)


La Bohème (Musetta)
Gianni Schicci (Lauretta)


Falstaff (Nannetta)


Der Freischütz (Ännchen)

Carly Owen's Concert Repertoire


Deutsche Requiem 




The Creation 




Mass in C Minor 


Stabat Mater


Serenade to Music

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