Rockland Osgood, tenor


"The soloist that left me consistently amazed was Osgood. His part includes the demanding role of the narrating Evangelist who sings near the top of the tenor register, as well as arias that show a remarkable range of emotion. Osgood seemed as fresh in his furious finale (``With fear the blackguard is all shaken'') aria as he had been two hours earlier in his aria urging the shepherds to hasten to Christ's manger."

Travis Rivers, The Spokesman Review - February 3, 2003

"Osgood, who has a growing national and international reputation as a baroque specialist, gave a brilliant performance from the very first aria 'Every valley shall be exalted.'  Of the four singers, his ornamentation was the furthest and freshest departure from what singers usually do with the music."
Ann Le Bar, The Spokesman Review - March 4, 2001

On the opera stage Rockland Osgood has performed roles with the Syracuse Opera Company, Mobile Opera, Brevard Music Festival, and Anchorage Opera.  He has performed major oratorio roles with Syracuse Symphony, Cantata Singers of Boston, Spectrum Singers of Boston, the Northwest Bach Festival, Emmanual Music of Boston, Tallahassee Symphony, Boston Symphony, the National Chorale, Monterey County Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Handel & Haydn Society, and the Spoleto Festival USA.

This season Rockland Osgood will perform in Boston, Cambridge, New York, and Spokane. In previous seasons Rockland Osgood returned to the Northwest Bach Festival to perform Messiah.  He was also heard in Les Noces with Cantata Singers in Boston, Mass in b minor and the Mozart Requiem at Lincoln Center, Mendelssohn’s Paulus with the Choir and Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York, and Saint John Passion with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia.

Mr. Osgood  has performed Berlioz’ L’Enfance du Christ in Boston, Britten’s War Requiem with the Sioux City Symphony, Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony and with the Peniel Concert Choir at Avery Fisher Hall, and Bach’s Mass in b minor with the National Chorale at Lincoln Center in addition to Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Gunther Schuller conducting at the Northwest Bach Festival.  He has been heard in Les Noces and Carmina Burana with the Providence Singers as well as Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Musica Sacra, Britten’s Saint Nicholas with the Chatham Chorale and Mozart’s Mass in c at the Berkshire Choral Festival.

He has sung Messiah and a Bach/Schubert concert with the National Chorale at Lincoln Center as well as at the Northwest Bach Festival in Mass in b minor. He was soloist in The Creation with the Boston Cecilia, Elijah with the Fredonia Chamber Players conducted by Joel Revzen and Britten’s Cantata Misericordia with Spectrum Singers. Other recent performances have included Vivaldi's L'Olimpiade and Mozart's Mass in c-minor at New York's Lincoln Center, Haydn's The Creation and also Messiah under the direction of John Rutter at Carnegie Hall, Mass in b-minor at the Westminster Choir College Summer Festival, Pinkham's St. Mark Passion with Chorus pro Musica, Symphony #2 of Mendelssohn with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Les Noces with Cantata Singers, a recording project of 20th Century chamber music in Prague, and Messiah with the Nashua Symphony, Shreveport Symphony and the Fairfield County Chorale.

Mr. Osgood has appeared in Vivaldi's Arsilda, Regina di Ponto at Lincoln Center, Carmina Burana with the Back Bay Chorale, the St. John Passion with Boston Cecilia, the second United States performance of Rossini's Messa di Gloria with the Choral Arts Society, and has been heard at the Spoleto Festival USA performing Bach's Magnificat and Beethoven's Mass in C. He has also appeared with Mobile Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, the Monterey County Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, and the Berkshire Choral Festival.  He has been guest soloist in Handel’s Saul with the West Virginia Symphony and Bach’s Mass in B Minor at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, made his Carnegie Hall debut in Mozart’s Requiem , starred as Belmonte in Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail with Syracuse Opera, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Brevard Music Festival, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Anchorage Opera. He has appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa in Berg’s Wozzeck and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, with the Oregon Symphony and James DePreist in Carmina Burana, with members of the Spokane Symphony as the Evangelist in the Saint John Passion and has sung Messiah with the Symphony Orchestras of Canton, Jacksonville and Syracuse, among others. He performed both Tamino and Nemorino for the Longwood Opera in Boston. Other appearances have included engagements at the Library of Congress, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the New England Bach Festival, Handel & Haydn Society of Boston, and the Newport Music Festival.

Mr. Osgood toured nationally with the Boston Camerata and includes in his repertoire such singular works as Distler's Weihnachtsgeschichte and Albert's Into Eclipse. He was soloist in the World Premiere of Richard Emery's Death at Wallowa Valley and Donald Sur’s Slavery Documents.   He was a featured soloist with the New York Choral Society on their 1985 tour of Greece. In competition, he was a winner of the New York Oratorio Society Solo Competition in 1991 as well as the National Association of Teachers of Singing Solo Competition in 1992.

He has recorded for the Discovery Channel in addition to being featured on a collection of songs, Sapphire Summer,composed by Dr. Jeanne E. Shaffer.

Mr. Osgood is graduate of Huntington College and the New England Conservatory of Music.  Living in Bedford, MA, he is married to Deanna Dalrymple (New England Conservatory '73 & '75) who was previously on the faculty at Oklahoma State University. She is currently the administrator of the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. They have two children, Olivia and Tristan.

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