Amy Owens on going from Opera to Pop, to the Podium & More.
Amy Owens is a wonderfully unique coloratura soprano who never stops creating. I love her positive energy and cheerful personality. She is bright, she is fierce and her love for music is contagious. To me, Amy stands out in the vast world of social media and I decided we should all get to know more about her and the brilliant things she is doing.
I am so excited to be attending the Institute for Women Conductors! Two years ago, I was hired to sing in this institute, and I said to myself: Amy, in a few years, you will be coming here as a conductor. I’m so grateful for David Lomeli for believing in me and encouraging me to pursue this. I’ve loved conducting ever since I started choral conducting as a teenager, and it has always been a long-term goal. I love the sounds of the orchestra—so colorful, so expansive. Conducting is an intensive exercise in trust and vulnerability, so to me, it’s a microcosm of what I seek in life. Time will tell how conducting fits in my career, but for now I want to expand my musical life and learn everything I can.
Thank you! In this age, I think most of us must be more than one thing. I haven’t been so deliberate about diversifying except to pursue things that are interesting to me. Leading with curiosity and love for the art works a lot better than leading with fear. Collaborating with people who are different than me is a huge opportunity to learn and discover new perspectives. It challenges old paradigms and forces flexibility, but in the best possible way. I love people! One of the most important things I’ve learned is that audiences are moved by free expression. It goes without saying for pop music, but it’s so easy to get caught up in a staid, technical approach to classical repertoire. We need the technique, of course, but when I find a place of true freedom, both in my voice and in embracing imperfection, that’s when the magic happens in the concert hall.
You seem to be fearless and making your dreams happen! Do you have any word of advice for singers who are taking their first steps in the opera world?
To keep up with Amy and her adventures you can follow her on social media at @colorfulsoprano! We at #360ofopera really look forward to see what comes next for you, Amy!
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SUZANNE VINNIK
INTERVIEW BY EUGENIA FORTEZA