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Father Owen Lee

Father Mark Owen Lee, who passed away in 2019 just shy of his 90th birthday, was a distinguished author, a Professor of Classics and a life-long Basilian priest.

He 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 and for his series of Talking about Opera CDs for the Met Opera Guild.

He is also revered for his many decades of knowledgeable and witty appearances on the Texaco Opera Quiz radio broadcasts from the Met and also on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.

Among his many (21) 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 memorial
celebration of
a great man.

Video Interviews

Seven videos
in which Father Lee
talks about various
aspects of 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 several