Osian Wyn Bowen
Welsh tenor Osian Wyn Bowen is a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist for 2022/23. Hailing from the harbour town of Burry Port, South Wales, Osian is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Opera School, where he studied under the tutelage of renowned vocal coach John Fisher and Adrian Thompson.
Osian made his operatic debut singing the role of Jaquino Fidelio, for Welsh National Opera in their 2019 Freedom series. Following this, Osian has gone on to work regularly across the UK. Recent engagements include;- Don Ottavio (cover) Don Giovanni (Welsh National Opera), Tenor Opera Highlights Tour, Ensemble Joesfine, Sir Bailey Barre Utopia Ltd, Francesco The Gondoliers, Ferrando (cover) Cosi Fan Tutte (Scottish Opera), Marschellin’s Hausofmeister & Ein Tierhändler Der Rosenkavalier, Ferrando Cosi Fan Tutte (Garsington Opera), Adolfo & Prunier (cover) La Rondine (West Green House), Ferrando Cosi Fan Tutte (St.Barts Chamber Orchestra), Title Role Albert Herring, Count Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ferrando Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Marco The Gondoliers, Gonzalve L’heure Espagnole (RWCMD).
In addition to Opera, Osian is also in demand as a concert soloist. His repertoire includes;- Handel’s Messiah & O Praise the Lord with One Consent, Mass in C by Beethoven, Mozart’s Requiem, Sparrow Mass and Vesparae Solennes de Confessore, Haydn’s Creation, Saint Seans’ Christmas Oratorio, Mass in D by Smythe, Jenkins’ The Armed Man and a world premier of Spring Offensive by Dr. Edward-Rhys Harry.
In addition to concerts, Osian is a regular performer on TV. Osian recently sung the role of Francesco in Scottish Opera’s television broadcast of The Gondoliers on BBC4. Other recent recordings include the Commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele 100 (Recorded Live from Passchendaele) & Songs of Praise BBC, Cystadleaeth Cantorion Ifanc Cymru 2020 & 2022, Cyngerdd y 10 Tenor, Les Mis – Y Daith, Noson Lawen & Heno S4C. Osian has also recorded as a soloist on the album Chasing Shadows singing ‘Gweddi’r Arglwydd’.
Prizes and awards include the 2019 MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year Winner, 2018 Geraint Morris Memorial Award, Mansel Thomas Memorial Award for Music, The Manning Singing Prize for Tenors, Aileen Price Award, D Afan Thomas Award, 2020 & 2022 Welsh Singers Showcase Finalist & 2019 Ian Stoutzker Prize Finalist.
Osian’s residency with Scottish Opera saw him sing the roles of Venditore di scarpe and cover The Young Lover Il Tabarro and cover and sing the role of Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi in Scottish Opera’s production of Il Trittico. He made his role debut singing Remendado Carmen in May, upon finishing his year as an Emerging Artist with the company. In addition to his engagements with Scottish Opera, Osian with also sing The Evangelist in Chilcott’s St. John’s Passion with Dundee Choral Society at Easter. This autumn he makes his debut at both Opera North and English National Opera and returns to WNO in 2024 to cover and sing Ferrando and reprise his Il Trittico roles.
“Rinuccio’s ‘Firenze e come un’albero fiorito’ arioso was magnificently voiced by Osian Wyn Bowen, another star of the evening. ” SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL, Scottish Opera Il Trittico
“Amongst the performers, Osian Wyn Bowen (a final year undergraduate at RWCMD) was an effective Albert, coming into his own as a performer at much the same time as his character achieved his freedom.” – Seen and Heard International
“Osian Wyn Bowen plays Valjean, the reformed convict on the run and gives a mesmerizing performance from the very first scene. His voice never falters, and his rendition of ‘Bring Him Home’ is effortlessly poignant and dynamically faultless.” – Arts Scene In Wales