Boyd Owen. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Tenor Boyd Owen, winner of the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship and former runner up in 2016, recently shared with Sydney Eisteddfod how his passion for Opera began, what inspires him and what he hopes to achieve next.
How did you discover your operatic voice?
Very slowly actually. As many do, I first fell in love with musical theatre at school and thought I would pursue that. It wasn’t until quite some time later, my late twenties in fact, after years of study and experiences I began to see a different side to my voice appearing and then eventually realised, "I think opera is what I’m supposed to do…"
You performed Che Gelida Manina, why did playing the role Rudolfo appeal to you?
I performed Rudolfo’s aria ‘Che Gelida Manina’ from La Bohème because, like much of Puccini’s music, the melody is a luscious confection of soaring notes and beautiful poetry. Rudolfo is a love-sick, terminally-romantic poet and I think we’d all like to enjoy a life like that, or at least a few minutes of it in an aria.
How did it feel to be a finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship for the second consecutive year?
It was a very exciting moment when my name was announced as a finalist. Competitions make me especially nervous and during the heats I felt I didn’t take a breath the whole day until the results were known; especially because I think the singers this year were of a very high standard and I really didn’t know who the judges would pick.
What have you learnt from your Sydney Eisteddfod experience?
Never, ever give up! I endure years and years of entering countless competitions where I never even made it past initial auditions, let alone to the finals. I felt like giving up and on several occasions I very nearly did, because I just thought I wasn’t good enough like all the other singers seemed to be.
What are you most looking forward to in the second half of 2017?
This has been such an exciting year for me with many wonderful surprises - and we’re only half way through! In 2017 I have already done things I never dream I would. Hence I’m most excited about the things I don’t know about yet, the phone calls and emails for opportunities that will unexpectedly come. When I do get them they are always surprising and wonderful, so I love to stay optimistic and expectant for them.