Soprano Margaret Ozaki is a regional artist on the rise. In the 2016-17 season, she debuted at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Steamboat (formerly Emerald City Opera) and Arizona Opera. She also made concert premieres at Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Lone Tree Arts Center, Wash Park Center for Music and Arts and appeared with the Colorado Music Festival, Central City Opera Ensemble, Opera on Tap Colorado and Denver Art Song Project with The Boxwood Ensemble. This summer, she is guest soloist for the Denver Municipal Band's summer concert series and returns to Lone Tree Arts Center as Lauretta in GIANNI SCHICCHI with Denver Opera Collective. Next season includes premieres in Mahler's SYMPHONY NO. 4 with the Aurora Symphony and the title role in Ricky Ian Gordon's ORPHEUS & EURIDICE with Opera Steamboat.
Margaret recently debuted with Colorado Springs Philharmonic in Grieg's PEER GYNT and with Denver Art Song Project and the Boxwood Ensemble at Collab'17 in Jennifer Higdon's vocal chamber work LOVE SWEET. With Central City Opera Ensemble, she appeared as soprano soloist in THE MESSIAH--in collaboration with Boulder Philharmonic and St. Luke's Performing Arts Academy, toured as soloist with Inside the Orchestra's Tiny Tots Winter 2016 and 2017 programs and presented Opera on the Go and Opera Outside the Box performances in Central City and across the Denver Metro area. Most recently with Opera on Tap Colorado, Margaret played Barb in the regional premiere performances of Anne Phillips' PLOTS and sang roles in Douglas Moore's GALLANTRY and a touring production of SUOR ANGELICA.
Active on Front Range stages, some of Margaret's favorite roles include Mimi in LA BOHEME with Loveland Opera Theater, Lilli Vanessi in KISS ME, KATE with CenterStage/Evergreen Chorale, Jenny in COMPANY with Equinox Theater and Suzy in WINTER WONDERETTES with Thingamajig Theater at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. Margaret has also appeared in multiple productions at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. Recent guest solo concert appearances include: Boulder Opera Company, Broomfield Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir, Opera Fort Collins Guild Arias@Avos, the Fine Tuned Society of Boulder, Fountain Hills Chamber Players in Arizona, Ambrosian Singers at St. Augustine's and the summer concert series at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. Recent collaborations include duo concerts with mezzo-soprano Ivy Waltz, tenor Humberto Borboa, and bass-baritone Christopher Herrera.
Margaret was a member of the ensembles VAE: Cincinnati and Ars Nova Singers of Boulder. With Ars Nova, she was a soloist in the world premiere of Granelli and Togni's WARRIOR SONGS at e-town in Boulder and in Paul Fowler's SHAKESPEARE SONGS as well as early music works by Hildegard von Bingen and Josquin des Prez. Margaret was featured in the workshop performance and recording of Jarrod Radnich's new musical MACAW and in the premiere performances of Luminous Thread's QUEEN VICTORIA'S FLOATING GARDEN OF SECRETS AND NATURAL WONDERS, a steam punk opera. Margaret has sung at Aspen Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Colorado Summer Choral Fest, MusicX New Music Festival, Grandin Vocal Chamber Music Festival, SongFest and in the choruses of Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera, Opera Colorado, Arizona Opera and the Cincinnati May Festival, under the baton of James Levine. She was a jump-in soloist at Lyric Opera Studio Weimar in Germany.
Margaret is an alumna of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM: DMA/MM) and Lawrence University (BM) and has taught voice at CCM, CCM Prep Department, My Music Skool, Lawrence Academy of Music and Sera Schools Music Programs, where she also served as a director at the area and regional levels. She has been published in the NATS Journal of Singing and presented work at the Midwest Conference for East Asian Studies at Miami University.
Raised in Golden, Colorado, Margaret graduated from Wheat Ridge High School and was three-time prize winner in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild competition. Prior to college, Margaret was a professional Japanese taiko drummer, appearing at EPCOT Center (Disney World) and across the country as a member of One World Taiko and Mirai Daiko, an all-female ensemble that she co-founded. She holds ten-year teaching certificates in koto and shamisen from the Miyagi School and played with Rocky Mountain Sankyoku.