This season, soprano Margaret Ozaki Graves premieres in WEST SIDE STORY with Boulder Philharmonic. Most recent engagements include the title role in Ricky Ian Gordon's ORPHEUS & EURIDICE, Mahler's SYMPHONY NO. 4 and Mozart's MASS IN C MAJOR, K 337. Since 2016, she has debuted at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Steamboat and Arizona Opera, made concert premieres with Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Aurora Symphony, Lone Tree Arts Center and appeared with the Colorado Music Festival and the Denver Municipal Band. She performs frequently as a Central City Opera Touring Artist, Denver Art Song Project guest artist and Opera on Tap Colorado co-manager.
Margaret recently debuted with Colorado Springs Philharmonic in Grieg's PEER GYNT, with Denver Opera Collective as Lauretta in GIANNI SCHICCHI 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 has 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 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 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 appeared in multiple productions at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse and 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 and the summer concert series at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. Recent collaborations include duo concerts with mezzo-soprano Ivy Walz, tenor Humberto Borboa and bass-baritone Christopher Herrera and a mixed recital, OUTSIDERS, with Denver Art Song Project's tenor Eapen Leubner, baritone John Seesholtz and pianist Mallory Bernstein.
Margaret was a member of the ensembles VAE: Cincinnati and Ars Nova Singers of Boulder. With Ars Nova, she was soloist in the world premiere of Granelli and Togni's WARRIOR SONGS at e-town in Boulder and featured in Paul Fowler's SHAKESPEARE SONGS, as well as early music works by Hildegard von Bingen and Josquin des Prez. Margaret sang 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. She has sung at Aspen Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Colorado Summer Choral Fest, MusicX New Music Festival, Grandin Vocal Chamber Music Festival, SongFest, Brevard Music Center and in the choruses of Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera, Opera Colorado, Arizona Opera and the Cincinnati May Festival. 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). She is currently Assistant Professor of Voice at Ithaca College (sabbatical replacement) for Spring 2018 and was a Guest Instructor in Voice at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in Fall 2017. She has taught at CCM Prep Department, Lawrence Academy of Music and Sera Schools Music Programs, where she also served in administration as a director at the area and regional levels. She has been published in the NATS Journal of Singing, presented work at the Midwest Conference for East Asian Studies at Miami University and is a current contributing author for publications by AGMA and the Japanese American Resource Center of Colorado (JARCC).
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 as a founding member of Mirai Daiko, an all-female ensemble. She holds ten-year teaching certificates in koto and shamisen from the Miyagi School and played Japanese chamber music with Rocky Mountain Sankyoku in Boulder, Colorado.