Eric Owens cancels February 28 WNO-KenCen jazz recital due to illness

Famed Met bass-baritone who sang with Wolf Trap Opera early in his career, still to sing the title role in WNO’s upcoming production of “The Flying Dutchman.”

Eric Owens.
Bass-baritone and Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens. (Credit: Dario Acosta for IMGA)

WASHINGTON, February 27, 2015 — As a public service, we’re reproducing the following release, which we received Friday morning from the Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center:

“Washington National Opera (WNO) and Kennedy Center Jazz today announced the cancellation of An Evening of Jazz Standards with Eric Owens featuring the Music of Eckstine and Hartman, which was to be presented on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Theater. Mr. Owens cancelled the performance due to illness. He will spend the coming days regaining his health and focusing on his upcoming performances in WNO’s The Flying Dutchman, which opens on Saturday, March 7, 2015 in the Kennedy Center Opera House.

“Saturday evening’s [jazz recital] performance will be rescheduled for a new date in 2016. Details will be announced soon. Refunds for the February 28, 2015 performance will be issued to the original method of purchase. Additional questions about refunds may be directed to (202) 416-8540, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.”

As this release indicates, Owens is still scheduled to appear in the title role in WNO’s upcoming production of Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman,” which opens at the Kennedy Center Opera House on arch 7.

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