Evan Bowers, tenor
American tenor Evan Bowers, hailed for his “stunning tenor voice, a voice of heroic projection but capable of intense lyricism”, was born in New York, where he also completed his musical training. At the start of his career, his participation in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program led to touring engagements with San Francisco Opera and Houston Grand Opera. He subsequently held positions in the houses of Nurnberg, Leipzig and Essen, Germany, performing in repertoire encompassing the works of Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and others in the lyric tradition. Roles included Maurizio in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca and Lenski in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
Most recently, Mr. Bowers has had the opportunity to interpret roles such as Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen, Hoffmann in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann and Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata. He collaborated with Calixto Bieito on a new production of Tales of Hoffman for Den Norske Opera in Oslo, which critics described as “a spellbinding performance…the voice is powerful, with exciting high notes”. Mr. Bowers also had the pleasure of performing the role of Don Jose in Carmen in Trondheim, Norway, with Krystof Urbanski conducting. Of his Alfredo this season in Tatjana Gurbaca’s new production of La Traviata for Den Norske Opera critics wrote, “his voice is certainly beautiful, very confident and warm”.
Some career highlights have included singing Carlo VII for the opening of the Verdi Festival in Parma, Italy, in a 2008 production of Giovanna d’Arco, conducted by Bruno Bartoletti, alongside Svetla Vassileva and Renato Bruson. An extremely successful Opera National de Paris debut as Adorno in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, James Conlon conducting, led to additional engagements there as Riccardo in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera and Rodolfo in Verdi’s Luisa Miller. Other notable successes have been Mr. Bowers’s debut at the Teatro Communale in Bologna in Simon Boccanegra, with Michele Mariotti conducting, as well as the honor of singing the leading tenor roles in a double bill of Zemlinsky’s Florentine Tragedy and Korngold’s Violanta at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The tenor has performed in many international theatres including Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, Opera di Genova, Teatro Regio in Torino, Teatro San Carlo in Lisbon, Theater an der Wien, and Teatro Bellas Artes in Mexico City, among others. In the United States he has sung with the companies of San Francisco, Houston, Portland, Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, Minnesota Opera, Knoxville Opera and New York City Opera. He has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City as well as with musical festivals throughout the country.
Mr. Bowers has sung with many of the world’s most prominent orchestras including the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Kuopio Symphony, Trondheim Symphony, the BBC Orchestras of Wales and London, the Israeli Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, RTE Ireland and the Opera Orchestra of New York.