Vancouver-born soprano Simone Osborne makes her Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Pamina in the 2017 production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. She has previously performed the role with Vancouver Opera and the Canadian Opera Company.
Winner of the 2008 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions at the age of 21, Ms. Osborne has recently completed her tenure as a member of the Canadian Opera Company Studio Ensemble. She 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).
In May 2017, she will return to the Canadian Opera Company for the role of Marguerite Riel in the 50th Anniversary production of Harry Somers' Louis 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 began the 2015/16 season with a return to the role of Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto with Vancouver Opera, followed by her debut as Michaëla in Carmen with the Canadian Opera Company. On the concert stage, Simone crossed the United States, appearing in 14 cities with the Metropolitan Opera's Rising Stars Concert Series. She made a triumphant return to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for performances of Mahler's 4th Symphony and a selection of soprano opera arias. She debuted Berlioz' Les Nuits d'été with the Berkeley Symphony and joined the Vancouver Symphony and Bach Choirs for Handel's Messiah.
Engagements in 2014/15 included Nanetta in Robert Carsen's production of Falstaff at the Canadian Opera Company; the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with Edmonton Opera; Marguerite in Arthur Honegger's oratorio Jeanne d'Arc au bücher with L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and Orchestre de Paris.
SImone's 2013/14 season included Oscar in Un ballo in maschera and Musetta in La bohème with the Canadian Opera Company. She also debuted with the Vancouver Symphony in a program that included songs of Richard Strauss and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9
In 2012/13, Simone debuted at Opera Hamilton as Gilda in Rigoletto and returned to Vancouver Opera as Pamina in The Magic Flute. She was Barbarina in Christopher Alden's production of Le nozze di Figaro with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel and participated in the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration at Carnegie Hall with pianist Warren Jones. She also took part in the Viva Verdi! bicentennial celebration in Zurich with Lotfi Mansouri. The summer of 2012 saw her debut at the Saito Kinen Festival in Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc au bücher, under the guidance of Seiji Ozawa.
During the 2011/12 season Ms. Osborne made her role debut as Gilda in Christopher Alden's production of Rigoletto at the Canadian Opera Company and returned for Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. She also made her Vancouver Opera debut as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette. Concert appearances included her Toronto Symphony debut in Mozart's Requiem under music director Peter Oundjian, the Victoria Symphony's New Year's Day Viennese Gala, and a Canadian recital tour presented by Debut Atlantic Recital Series.
Pamina is played to lovelorn, lustrous perfection by former UBC graduate, and now an international sensation – the lovely and talented soprano, Simone Osborne. Her impeccable voicing vies with the inestimable tonal quality of her awe-inspiring range, neither of which outdoes the other in the bid for excellence she easily wins with this memorable role.
Roger Wayne Eberle, Review Vancouver, review of Vancouver Opera's The Magic Flute, 2013
... it was clear that the accolades are genuinely deserved. Vocally, she reminds me of the late Renata Tebaldi: there is the same descent into a strong, dark lower range, and the ability to ascend seamlessly into the highest range, and a similar intelligence in the vocal acting ... 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, Review of Edmonton Opera's Lucia di Lammermoor, 2015
Below: Simone Osborne sings Die Nacht by Richard Strauss, with Carl Phillipe Gionet on piano.