Una voce poco fa: Il barbiere di Siviglia (G. Rossini)
Olivia Cosío, mezzo-soprano
Eun Jun Lee, piano
Praised for her “enchantingly light, agile” voice (Salzburger Nachrichten), Mexican-American mezzo-soprano Olivia Cosío is a current member of the International Opera Studio at the Salzburger Landestheater. She began the 2020-2021 season singing the roles of Siébel in Faust, Zibaldona in Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella and Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte and in April 2021, she will perform in the NYFOS@Home Series with the New York Festival of Song in Mark Campbell: New Works. During the 2021-2022 season, Ms. Cosío will return to the Salzburger Landestheater as a member of the ensemble, where she will make role debuts as Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, Harper in Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America, covering the title role and singing Mercédès in Carmen and Dama di Lady Macbeth in Macbeth in Salzburg’s Felsenreitschule. In addition to these, she will reprise the roles of Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Zibaldona in Deutscher’s Cinderella.
In the 2019-20 season, Ms. Cosío made her role and house debut as Rosina in The Barber of Seville with Opera Columbus. Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Olivia was slated to be a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theater of St. Louis, where she would have performed Mercedes in Carmen and Ms. Kohl in the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s Awakenings. She, instead, participated in OTSL’s virtual season including a live-streamed masterclass with Patricia Racette and a feature on OTSL’s “Front and Center” series. Other highlights from the 2019-20 season included two appearances with the New York Festival of Song led by Steve Blier, a workshop with American Modern Opera Company of a new piece by Matthew Aucoin, and a return to NPR’s From the Top for show #384 hosted by Grammy award-winning piano duo Anderson & Roe.
In the 2018-19 season, Ms. Cosío portrayed Second Witch in a touring production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas alongside Juilliard’s early music ensemble, Juilliard 415, with performances at London’s Holland Park and Versaille’s Opéra Royal. While on tour, she also performed an American Song recital in Paris at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to France.
In the summers of 2018 and 2019, Ms. Cosío joined the Tanglewood Music Center as a Mezzo-Soprano Fellow. Highlights included performing Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos with the Tanglewood Music Center Chamber Orchestra, singing Bach Cantatas conducted by John Harbison, the premiere of Red Wind by TMC composer Sid Richardson and working with internationally-renowned artists such as Dawn Upshaw, Stephanie Blythe, and Renee Fleming. During her first summer at Tanglewood, she sang the world premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s In America and portrayed the role of Susie in Bernstein's A Quiet Place for which the Wall Street Journal noted her as “a standout”.
During her time at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ms Cosío. portrayed Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dorothée in Massenet’s Cendrillon and Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina. She also performed with the Oberlin Sinfonietta at the 2017 Bang on a Can Marathon where she sang Louis Andriessen’s De Staat and the North American premiere of Michael Gordon’s No Anthem.
Ms. Cosío is a YoungArts alum where she participated in YoungArts Week in Miami and has appeared on NPR's From the Top. She is a proud recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award and was also chosen as a 2019-2020 Morse Teaching Artist Fellow through Juilliard’s Community Engagement Office.
Ms. Cosío received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Arts from The Juilliard School.