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, sacred music, 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 summer Timothy was a Young Artist with Utah Festival Opera as Tamino (cover), and performed the role of the First Priest in The Magic Flute. He was also in the Carmen ensemble and Joseph (cover) in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, while making his role debut as Dan in "[a] powerhouse male ensemble in the form of Joseph's 11 brothers" (Cache Valley Daily)." As part of Broadway Bound, UFOMT's educational youth summer camp, Timothy led a Masterclass entitled Your Voice! Mind, Body, Voice Wellness.

In the winter of 2021, he made his Chicago debut as Fabrizio (cover) and the Priest in Transgressive Theatre-Opera's production of The Light in The Piazza. Timothy returned in the spring to sing Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro. Last summer, Mr. McGowan made his role debut as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, with Opera on the Rocks.

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Timothy's 2018 Ohio Light Opera Company professional debut as Peter in Babes in Arms was "[the] first look at the estimable talents of newcomer Timothy McGowan who is more than memorable..." (The Daily Record). With the OLO, he has portrayed roles such as Prinz Karl in the North American premiere of Emmerich Kálmán’s Der Teufelsreiter, William Fayre in Novello's Perchance to Dream, 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 is on the voice faculty at Eastern Illinois University, and Millikin University.  He holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the College of Fine Arts at Boston University where he studied with Sharon Daniels. Timothy, his husband, conductor/pianist Nicholas Pothier and their rescue dog, Gabe are based in Central Illinois.

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


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