Biography

Baritone Owain Browne grew up in Suffolk where his early musical experiences were as an orchestral violinist as a member and eventually the leader of the Suffolk Youth Orchestra. He started singing at Magdalene College Cambridge where he joined the chapel choir and became a choral scholar. After graduating from Cambridge he travelled to Greenwich, Connecticut where he sang as a choral scholar at Christ Church.

On returning to the UK, Owain trained as a teacher and worked as a Head of Music. During this time he took part as a soloist in a local performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion conducted by Sir Colin Davis and was introduced to Ryland Davies who became his teacher.

In 2008 Owain began his studies in the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he studied first under Peter Wilson and later with Stephen Robertson. While there he took part in many productions of opera scenes and performed the roles of Dr. Metivier and Marshall Berthier in Prokoviev’s War and Peace and created the title role of Kaspar Hauser in an opera by Scottish composer Rory Boyle to great critical acclaim. During this time he appeared as Mr. Gedge in Albert Herring with Co–Opera Co. in their inaugural season.

In 2010 he made his proms debut as a soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Donald Runnicles at the Royal Albert Hall. He also took part in Raymond Gubbay’s production of Carmen at the O2 arena, and covered the roles of Morales and Dancaïre for Scottish Opera’s touring production of Carmen.

After leaving Glasgow Owain lived for some time in Cardiff where he studied with Eric Roberts and Ingrid Surgenor. He worked as a lay clerk for Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral and gave a number of concerts and recitals. He also appeared as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus in the Weston Studio at the Wales Millennium Centre and created the role of Alamar in The Shadow of the Wave by Tom Floyd at the Richard Burton Theatre.

As a Britten–Pears Young Artist Owain has taken part in a number of master classes and performances at Snape Maltings including English Song with Sir Thomas Allan, as a soloist in performances of the St. John Passion directed by Mark Padmore, and most recently in performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Ode to St. Cecilia directed by Christian Curnyn.

Recent concert performances have included Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs in St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, Christ in Bach’s St. John Passion at Llandaff Cathedral and Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony at Snape Maltings.

Recent opera performances have included Moritz in Benoît Mernier’s Frühlings Erwachen for the International Opera Academy in Gent, and Masetto in Don Giovanni for Alden Biesen Zomeropera. He has also recently appeared in a reworking of Mozart’s Da Ponte operas for a new audience at the Vlaamse Opera in Gent and Antwerp. Most recently he appeared as The Traveller in Britten’s Curlew River for Gertrude Opera in Melbourne.

Owain was recently a member of the Flanders Opera Studio in Ghent and learns with Glenville Hargreaves.

Baritone Owain Browne is from Suffolk and is a graduate of Magdalene College Cambridge and the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. While there he created the title role of Kaspar Hauser in an opera by Scottish composer Rory Boyle to great critical acclaim.

In 2010 he made his proms debut as a soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Donald Runnicles at the Royal Albert Hall and covered the roles of Morales and Dancaïre for Scottish Opera’s touring production of Carmen.

Recent concert performances have included Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs in St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, Christ in Bach’s St. John Passion at Llandaff Cathedral and Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony at Snape Maltings, and as a Britten–Pears Young Artist, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Ode to St. Cecilia directed by Christian Curnyn.

Recent opera performances have included Moritz in Benoît Mernier’s Frühlings Erwachen for the International Opera Academy in Gent, and Masetto in Don Giovanni for Alden Biesen Zomeropera. He has also recently appeared in a reworking of Mozart’s Da Ponte operas for a new audience at the Vlaamse Opera in Gent and Antwerp. Most recently he appeared as The Traveller in Britten’s Curlew River for Gertrude Opera in Melbourne.

Owain was recently a member of the Flanders Opera Studio in Gent and learns with Glenville Hargreaves.

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