Performance Year: 2015
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). She was one of the youngest winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and recently completed her tenure as a member of the Canadian Opera Company Studio Ensemble. She has performed with the Canadian Opera Company as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera and as Musetta in La Bohème. She made her debut with New York City Opera as Susanna in Christopher Alden’s new production of Le nozze di Figaro, as well as with the Vancouver Symphony singing orchestral songs of Richard Strauss and as soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Future seasons will see her return to the Canadian Opera Company and Vancouver Opera, as well as debuts with the Ravinia Festival and Edmonton Opera. Ms. Osborne has also been featured at Carnegie Hall with pianist Warren Jones as a part of the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration, and in a special project with Lotfi Mansouri titled Viva Verdi! in Zurich to celebrate that composer’s bicentennial.
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.
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.