Boyd Owen Anna Bolena

Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship Runner-Up Boyd Owen as Richard Percy in the opera Anna Bolena with Elena Xanthoudakis in the title role. Photo: Robin Halls for Melbourne Opera.

Boyd Owen is Richard Percy in Melbourne Opera’s Anna Bolena


Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship Runner-Up Boyd Owen is fresh off stage after three performances in Melbourne Opera’s Anna Bolena

Boyd played Richard Percy in the production, part of the company’s trilogy celebrating Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. 

The tenor said Bel Canto operas such as this one are very suited to his light lyric voice.

“Being a part of the production was a unique experience,” he said.

Anna Bolena is rarely performed, in fact this production is Australia’s professional premiere of the work, which is incredible! The role is also the heaviest and most demanding I have done to date, so it has been quite a step up for me.”

Donizetti’s adaptation of Anna Bolena is based on the final moments of Anne Boleyn’s life and her marriage to Henry VIII. The plot has plenty of drama on offer with touches of romance, adultery and betrayal.

Boyd said since his success in the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship Final in July, he has been in “intense preparation” mode.

“There’s a lot coming up in the end of this year and so it was study, study, study!”

“After closing night of Anna Bolena I head straight to Shanghai to sing my first Puccini Messa Di Gloria, before heading to the USA for a concert and some auditions".

Sydney Eisteddfod is proud of Boyd’s ventures and we wish him a world of success.