Owen McCausland made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut in February 2015 as Arturo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. He returns in 2018 for the role of Jaquino in Beethoven's Fidelio
His 2018/19 season includes the world première of Chaakapesh, The Trickster's Quest with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal followed by a Northern Quebec tour; Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Manitoba Opera); Messiah (Victoria Symphony, Symphony New Brunswick); the Young Servant in Elektra and Roderigo in Otello (Canadian Opera Company).
A native of St. John, New Brunswick, Owen McCausland is an alumnus of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. His 2017/18 schedule included for Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and the Fisherman in Le Rossignol for the Canadian Opera; Weill’s Sieben Todsünden for the Toronto Symphony, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde for the Ottawa Symphony, Vivier’s Musik für das Ende for Soundstreams and Messiah for Symphony Nova Scotia and the London Symphonia. Other recent credits include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Lurcanio in Ariodante for the Canadian Opera Company, Messiah with the Regina Symphony and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for Kitchener-Waterloo’s Grand Philharmonic Choir, and Rodolfo in La Bohème for Against the Grain Theatre.
He has appeared in COC mainstage productions as Don Juan in Don Quichotte, Lord Cecil in Roberto Devereux, Ferrando in Così fan tutte (Ensemble Studio performance), and Reverend Horace Adams in Peter Grimes. He also stepped for a colleague in the title role of La clemenza di Tito for four performances.
During the 2015/2016 season, Mr. McCausland performed as Alfredo in La traviata with the UBC Ensemble and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Testo in the Canadian Opera Company production of Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the Regina Symphony and Messiah for the Sudbury Symphony.
Further credits include the title role in Werther (Chautauqua Institution), Camille in The Merry Widow (Newfoundland Symphony), Alfred in Die Fledermaus (Guelph Symphony), and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Opera on the Avalon).
Mr. McCausland was a finalist and winner of the Canadian Encouragement Award at the 2015 George London Singing Competition and also a semi-finalist in the 2015 Montreal International Music Competition.
Owen McCausland as Arturo was excellent, with ringing tenor tones, making a notable job of a minor role.
Harvey De Roo, Vancouver Classical Music, review of POV's Lucia di Lammermoor, 2015
The tenor who stepped in as Schade was Owen McCausland, currently a member of the COC Ensemble Studio program. Like a great many people in the theatre, I was disappointed to hear that Schade was indisposed – but my disappointment turned to delight when I realized I was witnessing the debut of a very promising young artist.
McCausland’s clear, bright tenor seemed made for Mozart – with just a touch of vibrato, and smooth phrasing that brought his role to life. Moreover, he threw himself wholly into his leading role with confidence, portraying a complex character – uncertain of those around him, and burdened by the decisions he must make – in a very human way. McCausland is one to watch!
Colin Eatock, Blog Review of the Canadian Opera Company's La clemenza di Tito, 2013