Boyd Owen winner of The Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship 2017. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
After winning The Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship in July 2017, Boyd Owen spent the Christmas/New Years period performing and studying in China.
Starting out in November, Boyd worked with the esteemed American conductor, Charles Haussman, performing in Handel’s Messiah, with the Shanghai International Choral League.
Following this he was part of a huge 11 concert tour with Melbourne Opera, performing throughout China including making his debut at the prestigious National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, China.
“Part of that tour was two performances of Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata. This was my debut in the role, so that was very exciting for me” Boyd said.
For the last semester, Boyd has been devoting himself to study in new and exciting ways, training with Professor Qilian Chen at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, in Shanghai, China.
Expressing his thanks, Boyd explained “This has been such an enriching experience because of Professor Chen’s understanding of the voice and technique...The Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship has been invaluable in this because it has allowed me to work, not only with Professor Chen, but also to have extra piano coaching and rehearsals with the expert repetiteurs at the conservatory”.
With the help of Professor Chen, Boyd is preparing for a very exciting master class, the MRL International Musical Arts Academy, in New York, USA, showcasing some very prestigious conductors, coaches and teachers from the Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard Music School – Gerald Martin Moore, Craig Rutenberg, Vlad Iftinca, Gregory Buchalter, Hemdi Kfir and Robert White.