The American soprano, Laura Osgood Brown, obtained her Bachelor of Music degre in music education and performance with a dual focus in both voice and harp from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where her teachers were Dr. Jill Pearon and Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis; her Master of Music degree in in voice performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Dr. Barbara Paver (2010); and her DMA in voice performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Carol Webber. As a doctoral student at Eastman, she won the Concerto Competition (2011), culminating in an orchestral performance of B. Britten's Les Illuminations, was awarded second place in the Jesse Kneisel Lieder Competition (2014), judged by Dawn Upshaw, singing works by W.A. Mozart, Schubert, Johannes Brahms, and Wolf, and was also a finalist in the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition (2010). Additionally, she premiered the role of Nora in Paul Siskind's The Sailor-Boy and the Falcon with Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe (2006).
Laura Osgood is a rising performer with a dual passion for opera and art song. Last season she sang with Newfoundland’s Opera on the Avalon as Mimì (cover) in La bohème (2014), Finger Lakes Opera as Micaëla (cover) in Georges Bizet's Carmen (2014), and with the Interlochen Arts Festival as Mrs. Jenks in The Tender Land (2015). She was also recently featured as a recitalist on the Wild Rose Recital Series in northern Michigan (2015) and the “Women of the Guitar” Festival in Buffalo, New York (2015), performing works of W.A. Mozart, Benjamin Britten, Ottorino Respighi, and Argento. Previous recital projects include “A Birthday Hansel for Benjamin Britten”, a multimedia recital of the works of B. Britten in collaboration with harpist Kate Sloat in the Capital District of New York (2014), a lecture recital exploring the musical settings of the great Russian poetess Anna Akhmatova, and a guest recital with the St. Michael’s Concert Series in Rochester, New York (2011). In her native Rochester, she sang the roles of the soprano soloist in B. Britten's War Requiem (2013) and the Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia (2012)
Laura Osgood has previously taught on faculty at Crane, Ithaca College, and the University of Rochester. She is currently based in northern Michigan with her husband, bass-baritone Keith Brown (they got marrtied on November 30, 2013 ), where she serves as instructor of voice and director of opera workshop at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Interlochen Arts Camp.