Owen McCausland made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut in 2015 as Arturo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. He returned in 2018 for the role of Jaquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio and in 2019 will be seen as Tinca in Il tabarro and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi as part of Pacific Opera’s production of Puccini’s Il trittico.
His 2019/20 season also includes Lensky in Eugene Onegin for Opéra de Montréal, Messiah for the Okanagan Symphony and an extension of Soundstreams’ Musik für das Ende project focusing on the enigmatic work by Claude Vivier.
Engagements during the 2018/19 season included the world première of Chaakapesh, The Trickster’s Quest with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal followed by a Northern Quebec tour; Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Manitoba Opera); Messiah (Victoria Symphony, Symphony New Brunswick); the Young Servant in Elektra and Roderigo in Otello (Canadian Opera Company).
A native of St. John, New Brunswick, Owen is an alumnus of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. His 2017/18 schedule included Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and the Fisherman in Le Rossignol for the COC; Weill’s Sieben Todsünden for the Toronto Symphony, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde for the Ottawa Symphony, Vivier’s Musik für das Ende for Soundstreams and Messiah for Symphony Nova Scotia and the London Symphonia. Other recent credits include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Lurcanio in Ariodante for the Canadian Opera Company; Messiah with the Regina Symphony and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for Kitchener-Waterloo’s Grand Philharmonic Choir; and Rodolfo in La Bohème for Against the Grain Theatre.
He has appeared in COC mainstage productions as Don Juan in Don Quichotte, Lord Cecil in Roberto Devereux, Ferrando in Così fan tutte (Ensemble Studio performance), and Reverend Horace Adams in Peter Grimes. He also stepped for a colleague in the title role of La clemenza di Tito for four performances.
Other highlights include Alfredo in La traviata with the UBC Ensemble and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; Testo in the Canadian Opera Company production of Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda; the title role in Werther (Chautauqua Institution), Camille in The Merry Widow (Newfoundland Symphony), Alfred in Die Fledermaus (Guelph Symphony), and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Opera on the Avalon).
Mr. McCausland was a finalist and winner of the Canadian Encouragement Award at the 2015 George London Singing Competition and also a semi-finalist in the 2015 Montreal International Music Competition.
Owen McCausland as Arturo was excellent, with ringing tenor tones, making a notable job of a minor role.
Harvey De Roo, Vancouver Classical Music, review of Lucia di Lammermoor, Pacific Opera Victoria, 2015
The tenor who stepped in as Schade was Owen McCausland, currently a member of the COC Ensemble Studio program. Like a great many people in the theatre, I was disappointed to hear that Schade was indisposed – but my disappointment turned to delight when I realized I was witnessing the debut of a very promising young artist.
McCausland’s clear, bright tenor seemed made for Mozart – with just a touch of vibrato, and smooth phrasing that brought his role to life. Moreover, he threw himself wholly into his leading role with confidence, portraying a complex character … in a very human way. McCausland is one to watch!
Colin Eatock, Blog Review of La clemenza di Tito, Canadian Opera Company, 2013