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Timothy McGowan is a young lyric tenor bringing his “sweet phrases,” (Tim Smith, Baltimore music critic) and “lively gusto,” (The Boston Music Intelligencer) to stages around the United States. He is a versatile performer with credits ranging from traditional opera and sacred music to contemporary works, and American Musical Theatre.

He has performed with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, The Ohio Light OperaBoston University Opera Institute, Opera on the Rocks, Transgressive Theatre-Opera, Odyssey Opera, The Palace Theatre in New Hampshire and Seagle Festival among other companies. 


This fall, Timothy is performing as the tenor soloist in Bach's Wo gehest du hin? (BWV 166). He will also perform the titular role in a staged adaptation of Handel's oratorio, Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University. In December, he will present a solo recital featuring the works of  Barber, Beethoven, Handel, Mendelssohn, Ben Moore, Poulenc and Tosti at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, NY. Later in December, he will be the tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah at the Staller Center for the Arts. In the spring of 2024, he will revisit the role(s) of Don Basilio/Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaropresented at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University. 

Last summer, Timothy returned to Utah Festival Opera for a second season. He sang the role(s) of Frank and George (cover) in Rorem's Our Town and Erster Brabantischer Elder in Wagner's Lohengrin. In 2022, Timothy joined the company as Tamino (cover) in The Magic Flute, performing the role of the First Priest. He also covered the titular role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat while making his company debut as Dan.

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Timothy made his professional debut in 2018 with The Ohio Light Opera Company. As Peter in Babes in Arms, critics said his "estimable talents..." were "more than memorable..." (The Daily Record). He has since returned to the OLO portraying roles such as Prinz Karl in the North American premiere of Emmerich Kálmán’s Der Teufelsreiter, William Fayre in Novello's Perchance to Dream, and covering roles such as Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, and the titular role in Bernstein's Candide.

Among his favorite stage roles are the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring, the Unnamed Tenor in Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox, and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni.

An advocate for new music, he has been in several premieres including Joshua, an oratorio by Christopher LaRosa, Roscoe by Evan Mack,  Rodman in North Korea by Sarah Hutchings and her cycle for tenor entitled, Supplicative.


Mr. McGowan has previously been on the voice faculty at Capital University (OH), Eastern Illinois University, and Millikin University (IL).  He holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. In the fall of 2023, Timothy began coursework for a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Vocal Performance with full funding, and a Teaching Assistantship at SUNY Stony Brook where he will studies with renowned soprano, Brenda Harris. 

"William [was] given life by the dignified Timothy McGowan"
-COOL Cleveland
Cleveland, OH


All publicity photos by Amy Livingston

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