Award-winning countertenor Cody Bowers is a native of Newnan, Georgia. Mr. Bowers is a two-time District Winner of the 2019 & 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and has performed with companies such as the Tanglewood Music Center, Minnesota Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Utah Opera, Boston Early Music Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival, Opera Neo in San Diego, CA, and Cincinnati Opera Fusion. Mr. Bowers has been heard as Tolomeo in G.F. Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Oberon in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Roane Heckle in Jake Heggie’s Great Scott, L’Enfant in Maurice Ravel’s L’Enfant et Les Sortilèges, Ottone in Claudio Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Orlando in Handel’s Orlando, and Refugee in Jonathan Dove’s Flight.
Mr. Bowers is also an avid performer on the concert stage and has been featured as both an ensembleist and soloist in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy, and Great Britain. He has had the opportunity to sing with elite choral and early music groups around the country including Handel & Haydn Society, Parthenia Viol Consort, Boston Camerata, Bach Akademie Charlotte, The Thirteen, The Washington National Cathedral, Bach Society Houston, The Henry Purcell Society of Boston, Cincinnati’s premier choral ensemble VAE, Collegium Cincinnati, The Choir of The Church of the Advent, and Ensemble Altera. Featured repertoire includes Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, Mass in G Minor by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Membra Jesu Nostri by Dieterich Buxtehude, Missa Brevis in D major by Mozart, and numerous works by J.S. Bach including St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Easter Oratorio, Magnificat in D Major and Mass in B Minor.
Mr. Bowers is an active teacher and has served on faculty at the North End Music and Performing Arts Center in Boston, MA, and has private studios in Georgia, Ohio, and Texas. He has been on the faculty at Rice University as a Speech Coach for members of the Rice community seeking to develop their skills in oratory and public presentation. As a proud member of the LGBT+ community, Mr. Bowers welcomes students of all identities and walks of life.
Cody Bowers found his countertenor voice in The Spivey Hall Children’s Choir based in Metro Atlanta. As a student, Mr. Bowers earned a Bachelor of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati under the tutelage of celebrated pedagogue William McGraw in 2015. He earned a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance at Rice University in Houston, TX as the Rita C. Handley-Bollinger Endowed Fellow of Voice and Opera in 2017 as a student of the late Dr. Barbara Clark.