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"It’s hard to explain. But something of a miracle occurred on the stage of Roy Thomson Hall Thursday night. Canadian soprano Simone Osborne was just wrapping up the final movement of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony…on Thursday, Osborne didn’t just sing that song, it’s as though she became the song, that hers was the voice that had created the entire symphony. It felt as though the 80-odd musicians on stage were somehow emanations of her and her musical presence, so thoroughly did she inhabit the music she was singing. Even though Osborne is on stage for a mere fraction of the symphony’s duration, it was as though she had been there the entire evening, as though we had been hearing her somehow make the symphony’s music." Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail, November 10, 2015 - Mahler's 4th Symphony with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
"Osborne’s Mad Scene was the tour-de-force it needs to be, beautifully sung, convincingly and quite passionately acted, a woman who still has the touch of the girl as she loses her reason." Mark Morris, Edmonton Journal, April 19, 2015 - title role in 'Lucia di Lammermoor' at Edmonton Opera
"Simone Osborne shone and her voice soared as Nannetta, the Ford's daughter, as she was given one of the few real arias in the work, a third-act beauty which she delivered with grace and care." Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail, October 4, 2014 - Nannetta in 'Falstaff' at the Canadian Opera Company
Canadian soprano Simone Osborne has been hailed as "a joy to hear" (Los Angeles Times) with "a sweet and clear sound, sensitive phrasing and gleaming sustained high notes" (New York Times). Ms. Osborne was one of the youngest winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was a member of the Canadian Opera Company Studio Ensemble
Simone Osborne will return to the Canadian Opera Company for a very important project in the 2016-2017 season: the 50th Anniversary new production of Harry Somers’ Louis Riel as Marguerite Riel, helping to mark the . . . 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. This production will also travel to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for further performances. Ms. Osborne also will be seen as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Pacific Opera Victoria.
She began the 2015-2016 season with a return to the role of Gilda from Verdi's Rigoletto with Vancouver Opera. She also returned to the Canadian Opera Company for her first performances as Micaela in Bizet's Carmen with an all-star cast. On the concert stage, Ms. Osborne crossed the United States in a 15 city tour in 2016 with the Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars series. She returned to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for performances of both Mahler's 4th Symphony and a selection of soprano opera arias and debuted Berlioz' Les nuits d'été with Berkeley Symphony. She also joined the Vancouver Symphony and Bach Choirs for Handel's Messiah.
In the 2014 – 2015 season, Ms. Osborne was seen as Nannetta in Robert Carsen’s production of Falstaff at the Canadian Opera Company and made her role debut as the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at Edmonton Opera. On the concert stage, she reprised the role of Marguerite in Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and Orchestre de Paris, all under Kazuki Yamada. She also debuted with the New York Philharmonic in the same piece under Alan Gilbert.
Ms. Osborne returned to the Canadian Opera Company as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera and as Musetta in La bohème in the 2013 – 2014 season. She debuted with the Vancouver Symphony singing orchestral songs of Richard Strauss and as soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Recently, Simone Osborne debuted at Opera Hamilton as Gilda in Rigoletto and returned to Vancouver Opera as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Ms. Osborne also debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel as Barbarina in Christopher Alden’s production of Le nozze di Figaro and at Carnegie Hall with pianist Warren Jones as a part of the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration. She also took part in a special project with Lotfi Mansouri entitled Viva Verdi! in Zurich to celebrate the composer’s bicentennial. The summer of 2012 saw her debut at the Saito Kinen Festival in Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher as Marguerite under the guidance of Seiji Ozawa.
Ms. Osborne made her role debut as Gilda in Christopher Alden’s production of Rigoletto and returned for Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, both at the Canadian Opera Company in the 2011 – 2012 season. She also made her Vancouver Opera debut as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette to great critical acclaim. In concert, she made her Toronto Symphony debut in Mozart’s Requiem under music director Peter Oundjian, was soprano soloist in the Victoria Symphony’s New Year’s Day Viennese Gala, and toured Canada in recital presented by Debut Atlantic Recital Series.
Ms. Osborne sang Pamina in Die Zauberflöte for her first major assignment with the COC. This production was conducted by music director Johannes Debus and directed by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus. She was also seen in productions of Death in Venice, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Orfeo ed Euridice. As first year member of the COC Ensemble, Ms. Osborne performed the role of Ilia in the ensemble performance of Idomeneo under the baton of Harry Bicket. She was also seen as Frasquita in Carmen, Anne Kennedy in Maria Stuarda, and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia on tour, as well as a performance of the Pribaoutki songs in the premiere of Robert Lepage's The Nightingale and Other Short Fables.
An active recitalist, Ms. Osborne was heard in recital as a part of the Marilyn Horne Foundation's "On Wings of Song" recital series, as well as a solo recital for the Hong Kong Arts Festival in the spring of 2010. She also joined the Edmonton Symphony for performances of Bach's Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen and Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate.
Previous operatic roles include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Nannetta (Falstaff), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Musetta (La bohème), Atalanta (Serse), Mignon (Mignon), Mařenka (The Bartered Bride), Candace Brenner (A Wedding), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) and Emma Jung in the world premiere of the Canadian opera The Dream Healer.
Along with the 2008 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ms. Osborne was the 2008 winner of the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition at the Music Academy of the West, the 2007 winner of the International Czech and Slovak Opera Competition and a prizewinner at the George London Foundation Competition, Palm Beach Opera Competition, Sylva Gelber Foundation, and Jaqueline Desmarais Foundation.
(Updated August 2016)