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Father Owen Lee
in memoriam

Father Owen Lee, a Professor of Classics and a Basilian priest, who passed away in 2019 – just shy of his 90th birthday – continues to be admired by millions around the world for his brilliant intermission commentaries on Opera in radio broadcasts for the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

He is also revered for his many decades of knowledgeable and witty appearances on the Texaco Opera Quiz broadcasts.

Among his many books, he is the author of “WAGNER : the terrible man and his truthful art” and “WAGNER’S RING : turning the sky round”.


Iain Scott talks about
the purpose of this
archival resource.

Video Interviews

Seven videos
in which Father Lee
talks about his life.

Met Opera Broadcasts

Audio playlists of
Father Lee’s broadcasts
and commentaries from
the Metropolitan Opera
(1984 through 2009).

His Books

Father Lee wrote 21 books
about a variety of topics –
ranging from opera
and instrumental music,
to latin poetry,
questing and movies.

Research / Resources

Lists of his broadcasts,
lectures, published articles,
photos, and more.

About Father Lee

Various articles,
and obituaries