Steffan Lloyd Owen is a young Welsh baritone from Pentre Berw on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales. Having received initial training from Sian Wyn Gibson, Steffan is now on the B.Mus Vocal Studies course at the Royal Northern College in Manchester. During his first year, Steffan won the Elsie Thurston memorial Prize and was later selected to represent the RNCM at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards in Blackburn, where, after fierce competition from 15 other soloists from various universities and conservatoires in the UK, was awarded first place – the second student from the RNCM to ever win the competition.
His beautiful, rich voice has been awarded major vocal prizes in Wales, namely the Blue Riband Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and the most promising young singer scholarship at the Urdd National Eisteddfod. Whilst visiting Patagonia with the Urdd, Steffan won the first prize in the Solo Competition at the National Eisteddfod of Patagonia.
This year, Steffan will embark on an exciting new project with Welsh National Opera. WNO, S4C, Rondo Productions and Severn Screen have commissioned an original Welsh language opera film commemorating 100 years since the death of Hedd Wyn – a Welsh language poet who was killed near Ypres, Belgium, during the Battle of Passchendaele in World War I. Steffan will play the Title Role. The film will be broadcast on S4C, BBC iPlayer and in 20 cinemas across Wales in summer 2017. The project brings together International Director Marc Evans and Internationally renowned composer Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) who will write the libretto.
As part of the Osborne Roberts Scholarship prize, Steffan will perform as a soloist at the North America Festival of Wales in New York in August 2017.