Margaret Ozaki Graves

Margaret Ozaki Graves

Soprano. Performer. Educator.

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Margaret Ozaki Graves, soprano. B&W photo by Andrew Russell.

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About Me

An absolutely huge voice that is crystal clear.
— Opus Colorado
  • Soprano and active performer in opera, concert and musical theatre

  • LA Opera, Central City Opera Touring Artists, Denver Art Song Project

  • Teaching: Ithaca College, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, CCM Prep Department

  • Other interests: taiko, koto, shamisen, food and travel

 

Biography

Soprano Margaret Ozaki Graves is an active performer working in opera, concert and musical theatre. Her most recent engagements include concert versions of WEST SIDE STORY, Ricky Ian Gordon's ORPHEUS & EURIDICE, Mahler's SYMPHONY NO. 4 and Mozart's MASS IN C MAJOR, K 337. In the past two seasons, she's debuted at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Steamboat and Arizona Opera, made concert premieres with Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Aurora Symphony, Lone Tree Arts Center and appeared with the Colorado Music Festival and the Denver Municipal Band.  Margaret is a soloist on the roster of LA Opera's Education and Community Outreach productions, a Central City Opera Touring Artist, a guest artist with Denver Art Song Project and an acting co-manager of Opera on Tap Colorado.

Some of Margaret's favorite roles include Mimi in LA BOHEME, Lauretta in GIANNI SCHICCHI, Lilli Vanessi in KISS ME, KATE, Jenny in COMPANY and Suzy in WINTER WONDERETTES. As a member of Ars Nova Singers, she was soloist in the world premiere of Granelli and Togni's WARRIOR SONGS at e-town in Boulder. Margaret also 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. In 2015, she was a jump-in soloist in Weimar, Germany.

Margaret is an alumna of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM: DMA & MM) and Lawrence University (BM). She recently completed a sabbatical assignment as Assistant Professor of Voice at Ithaca College (Spring 2018) and was a Guest Instructor in Voice at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Fall 2017). Other teaching experience includes 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 Ithaca College's Voice Intensive and is a current contributing author for publications by AGMA and the Japanese American Resource Center of Colorado (JARCC).

Raised in Golden, Colorado, Margaret 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.

 

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