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Steffan Lloyd Owen

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Welsh baritone Steffan Lloyd Owen is currently engaged in studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where is is taught by Nicholas Powell. He has won numerous singing prizes in Wales, most recently the coveted W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. He has a beautiful, mellifluous quality to his voice which displays both power and quiet sensitivity in equal measures.  

Steffan Lloyd Owen is a Welsh Baritone from Pentre Berw on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales. Having received initial training from Sian Wyn Gibson, he is currently studying at the Royal Northern College in Manchester, where he is taught by Nicholas Powell. During his first year, Steffan won the Elsie Thurston competition and was later selected to represent the RNCM at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards in Blackburn, where, after fierce competition from 15 other soloists from various universities and conservatoires in the UK, was awarded first place – the second student from the RNCM to ever win the competition.

Steffan has been awarded with major vocal prizes in Wales, namely the W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship Prize, the Blue Riband Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and the most promising young singer scholarship at the Urdd National Eisteddfod. As part of the Osborne Roberts Scholarship prize, Steffan performed as a soloist at the North America Festival of Wales in New York in August 2017. Steffan visited Patagonia in 2014 where he won the first prize in the Open Solo Competition at the National Eisteddfod of Patagonia (Argentina).

This summer, Steffan performed the title-role in the children’s opera, Brundibar by Czech composer Hans Krása with Welsh National Youth Opera. Other recent roles include Lord Hate-Good in Vaughan Williams’s Pilgrim’s Progress and the lawyer Ser Amantio Di Nicolao in Gianni Schicci, both at the RNCM. Forthcoming plans include Le Marquis de la Force in Dialogues des Carmelites, also at the RNCM. In 2017, he performed the roles of Sciarrone and Jailer in a semi-staged production of Tosca alongside Sir Bryn Terfel and Kristine Opolais with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Other roles include Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin and El Dancairo in Carmen, both abbreviated Welsh language translated productions for Opra Cymru and George Jones in Street Scene at the RNCM.

DateDetails
11/10/2019Competitor in The Final of the Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2019 at MEMO Arts Centre, Barry
Mozart Requiem
Mozart
Requiem
Bizet CarmenEl Dancairo
McNeff, Stephen Hedd WynHedd Wyn
Poulenc Dialogues des Carmelites Le Marquis de la Force
Puccini Gianni SchicchiSer Amantio Di Nicolao
Puccini ToscaSciarrone/ Jailer
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Zaretsky
Vaughan Williams Pilgrim's ProgressLord Hate-Good
Weill Street SceneGeorge Jones
Bizet
Carmen
El Dancairo
McNeff, Stephen
Hedd Wyn
Hedd Wyn
Poulenc
Dialogues des Carmelites
Le Marquis de la Force
Puccini
Gianni Schicchi
Ser Amantio Di Nicolao
Puccini
Tosca
Sciarrone/ Jailer
Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin
Zaretsky
Vaughan Williams
Pilgrim's Progress
Lord Hate-Good
Weill
Street Scene
George Jones

Opera

Brundibár

Title role in Brundibár by Hans Krása for Welsh National Opera
The Guardian
Steffan Lloyd Owen as Brundibár was a suitably pantomimic villain.

Brundibár

Title role in Brundibár by Hans Krása for Welsh National Opera
Cardiff Times
From the costumes to the set this performance oozed colour and all gave outstanding performances. Steffan Lloyd Owen delivered a powerful vocal performance as the villain, Brundibar.

The Pilgrim's Progress

Lord Hate-Good in The Pilgrim's Progress at the RNCM, Manchester
The Arts Desk
Steffan Owen stood out for his singing and his characterization as Lord Hate-Good (now, with the text as cue, a be-wigged and merciless judge).

The Pilgrim's Progress

Lord Hate-Good in The Pilgrim's Progress at the RNCM, Manchester
Number 9 Review
Although not all the singers had the volume to counter the orchestra in this, the opera’s most heavily-orchestrated scene, there were some good turns from ... Steffan Owen as Lord Hate-Good.

Tosca

Sciarrone and Jailer in Tosca at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
Shropshire Star
Tosca was absolutely brilliant, with world-class opera heavyweights gracing the pavilion stage alongside young talent such as Steffan Lloyd Owen and Joseph Elwy Jones.

Tosca

Sciarrone and Jailer in Tosca at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
Bach Track
Steffan Lloyd Owen doubled menacingly as the Sciarrone and the Jailer.

Concerts & Recitals

Concert at the North America Festival of Wales, New York
Ninnau vol.42
We then were introduced to Steffan Lloyd Owen’s musical presentation. A prodigiously talented and personable performer, he is already greatly accomplished as he pursues his musical studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He won the prestigious Osborne Roberts Blue Riband awarded to the best soloist under the age of 25 at the 2016 National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny. As has now become an eagerly awaited tradition, NAWF provides an opportunity for the Blue Riband recipient to perform at NAFOW the following year. Steffan thrilled his audience with his program, further enhanced by a lovely duet sung with his partner Gwen Elin. The good news is that Steffan will be performing at NAFOW in Alexandria next year with his trio who have been receiving rave reviews in Wales. On this high note the evening ended with a rousing rendering of “Hen Wlad fy Nhadau” before the gathering moved to a Noson Lawen and hymn singing in the hotel lobby. A copy of the booklet honoring Catrin Brace will be available on NAWF’s website: www.nawf.wales

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