After eight years in Philadelphia and Boston, Rachel Osen is thrilled to be living once again in her hometown of Bozeman, MT. She was recently onstage with Intermountain Opera Bozeman as Annina in La Traviata last fall (2013). Ms. Osen’s previous performance with Intermountain Opera was in 2002’s L’Elisir d’Amore as Giannetta. Other opera and light opera performances have included roles in Dido and Aneas (Belinda), The Mikado (Yum-Yum), and chorus participation in Don Giovanni and Carmen . Ms. Osen played Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls at the Ellen Theatre in 2012 (previous musical theatre roles include Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes and a secretary in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying).
A soprano known for her vocal agility and ear for language, Ms. Osen is frequently engaged as a soloist for fundraisers, weddings, church services, and other public and private events. She has been a multiple-time winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions, winner of the Montana State University solo competition, and was featured as the soprano soloist for a performance of Mozart’s three-movement Exsultate Jubilate with the MSU Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Osen has been fortunate to study with several accomplished coaches over the years: in New Jersey with Carol Bayard—now-retired principal of 10 years with New York City Opera; in Bozeman with professors Lowell Hickman and Elizabeth Croy; in New York City with Sharon Spinetti along with coachings from Giampaolo Bracali; and in Italy upon invitation (where she also studied Italian language and diction) with Rosanna Lippi, a soprano known for her years at Teatro La Fenice in Venice (the venue for the premieres of many famous operas, including La Traviata which premiered in 1853). While studying with Lippi, Osen took part in musical events organized by the Societa Lirico Concertistica di Santa Margherita. Living in the eastern U.S., Ms. Osen enjoyed various musical opportunities such as singing Mozart’s Mass in C minor at Carnegie Hall with Bucks County Choral Society of Pennsylvania (as well as other performances and solo opportunities with BCCS), recording contemporary/pop music with Baker Lee at Dubway Studios in New York City, and performing an opera review at La Belle Epoque restaurant, also in New York.
Ms. Osen earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Music and French from Montana State University, with additional study at L’Universite Paul-Valery II in Montpellier, France. As a near-native speaker of French, her voice can be heard on several Music Lingua recordings for children (musiclingua.com). Ms. Osen and her husband Brad are glad to be back in their hometown of Bozeman, where they are raising three young, vibrant children; it seems life with kids is never dull!