Mary Bowen, Mezzo Soprano
Hailed in the Irish Times as “a babe who can sing and act,” Mezzo Soprano Mary Bowen is known for her velvety timbre, magnetic stage presence and flawless acting in dramatic and comedic operatic roles. Mary debuted with Opera Ireland as Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte in Dublin and Limerick, Ireland. From these performances, critics also raved, “Mezzo Soprano Mary Bowen as Dorabella plays the ‘ladies-who-don’t-lunch’ ditziness of the sisters brilliantly. Bowen contributed greatly to the cause of the audiences’ giddy laughter on many occasions.” Her talents listed above along with her sensitive artistry and musicianship are consistently experienced by her audiences.
Mary is accomplished both on the operatic stage and as a recitalist and concert artist. She has appeared in leading and secondary operatic roles with major regional opera houses, and she has performed recitals and appeared as a concert soloist throughout the US, Mexico and Europe.
In opera, Mary debuted as Donna Elvira in Opera de Zapopan’s (Guadalajara, Mexico) Don Giovanni where critics said, “Mary Bowen performed the style of Mozart with rich color and strong vocal timbre.” More leading operatic performances include the title role of Carmen by G. Bizet, Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Prince Orlofsky in J. Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, The Second Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, The Composer in R. Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Flora in Verdi’s La Traviata, Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Siroe in Handel’s Siroe, Ramiro in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, Der Drei Elf in R. Strauss’s Die Ägyptische Helena and L’Enfant in Ravel’s L’ Enfant et les Sortilèges with companies such as Opera Ireland, New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Opera, Dayton Opera, Venice Baroque Orchestra at BAM, Baltimore Concert Opera, Opera Southwest, Cincinnati Opera Tour, Opera Theatre di Lucca (Italy), Aspen Opera Theater, San Antonio Lyric Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Amore Opera (NYC).
On the concert stage, Mary performed the Mezzo solos in Beethoven’s Mass in C in her Carnegie Hall debut. Further concert solo appearances include Mahler’s 2nd Symphony (Lima Symphony, OH and CCM Philharmonic, OH), Vivaldi’s Gloria (Alpha and Omega Ensemble, NY), Mendelssohn’s St. Paul – Op. 36 (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Concert Series, NY), Handel’s Messiah (Tulsa Philharmonic, OK), Irvington Presbyterian Concert Series (NY), Christ Church Riverdale Concert Series (NY), Music at St. Mary’s Concert Series (NJ), Ravel’s Shéhérazade (CCM Philharmonic, OH) and Haydn’s Scena di Berenice (Kentucky Symphony).
As an accomplished recitalist, Mary has performed solo and joint recitals throughout her career. Recital appearances and locations include the Trinity Concerts at One series (Manhattan); Broadway Presbyterian (Manhattan); Grace Church (Brooklyn Heights, NY); The Old Stone House (Brooklyn, NY); Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM; Oklahoma City and Bartlesville, OK; Barga and Lucca, Italy; Dublin and Belfast, Ireland; New Braunfels, Laredo, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, TX. She was also chosen to appear on the Metropolitan Opera Guild Lecture Master Class Series called Bel Canto: Showcasing the style at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.
Mary has received awards and high recognition from the NJAVO Vocal Competition, National Opera Association Competition, the Birmingham Opera Vocal Competition, the Loren Zachary Vocal Competition, and she was a Finalist for the SW Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Mary Bowen was born in Houston, TX and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Vocal Performance and her Master of Music in Voice and Artist Diploma in Opera Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). In addition to her singing, she teaches voice lessons in the NYC area as well as Music Together classes. She also has a Reiki practice in the NYC area.