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WOW, It’s Wotan: Eric Owens Impromptu

American bass-baritone Eric Owens

American bass-baritone Eric Owens

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Richard Wagner is like the Texas of composers: everything is bigger; the concepts, the casts, the orchestras, the duration, and especially the voices. Only the largest, most heroic voices dare to sing Wagner. We have one of those tremendous singers in Chicago this month for something more modest, Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak.

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Wotan-to-be, king of the gods, is visiting WFMT’s studio on Thursday afternoon for an Impromptu. Eric Owens sings Vodnik in Rusalka which opens on Saturday. For this Impromptu he sings his aria from Rusalka, plus some Mozart, some Gershwin, and a little preview of Eric Owens as Wotan from Die Walküre.

Eric Owens debuts as Wotan in Lyric’s new production of the Ring starting in 2016. Rusalka opens on Saturday. WFMT’s live broadcast of Rusalka begins at 7:15 PM.

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