Brudos opera prize winner to present recital April 24

April 19, 2010

Charles Zachary Owen, a Luther College senior, will present the Brudos Family Prize in Opera Performance recital Saturday, April 24, 4 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

Owen was the 2009 recipient of the Brudos Family Prize in Opera Performance. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Owen will perform the concert aria “Mentre ti lascio, o figlia” by Mozart, Samuel Barber’s “Dover Beach” for baritone and string quartet and four lieder from Schubert’s “Schwanengesang.” He will also perform operatic arias by Mozart and Berlioz, and a scene from Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” with Luther senior Jill Phillips, mezzo soprano. Jessica Paul, Luther associate professor of music, will be the collaborative pianist.

Owen, a bass baritone from Stillman Valley, Ill., was the first place winner in his division at the 2009 Central Region Student Auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and first place winner in his division at the 2008 Iowa Chapter auditions. He has been a young artist with Opera North and with the ensemble of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. He will perform the title role in Luther’s spring opera production of “The Marriage of Figaro.”

A voice student of Luther professors Edwin Andereck and Jessica Paul, Owen is the eighth recipient of the Brudos Prize.

Presented annually to a Luther senior, the Brudos Prize was established by Alan R. Brudos, a 1955 Luther graduate, and his wife Sally J. Brudos to support students of outstanding ability and achievement who are preparing for careers in opera performance. The prize includes a $5,000 award.

The purpose of the award is to assist talented senior students with the extraordinary expenses involved in the preparation and pursuit of careers in opera performance. Selection is based on the student’s quality of vocal performance and promise of an operatic career. The Brudos Prize is the largest award given for excellence in music at Luther College.