US Tenor John Osborn is a returning guest on the world’s most prestigious stages, including: the Metropolitan Opera in New York; Wiener Staatsoper; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Staatsoper Berlin; Opéra National de Paris; San Francisco Opera; Opernhaus Zürich; Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels; Grand Théâtre de Geneve; and Salzburger Festspiele. He made a spectacular stage debut at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome as Arnold in a concert version of Guillaume Tell under the baton of Antonio Pappano in 2007.
In 2011, he made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Rodrigo di Dhu in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago, followed by Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni). He later performed in a new production of Rossini’s Otello opposite Cecilia Bartoli in Zurich and in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in San Diego.
His future projects include his role debut in Faust in Brussels, a new production of Norma in Salzburg, Guillame Tell in Amsterdam and I Vespri Siciliani (Henri) at the Royal Opera House in London.
John Osborn started season 2010/11 with his stage debut at the Royal Opera House in London in Les Pêcheurs de Perles conducted by Antonio Pappano, followed by Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Furthermore, he interpreted: Arnold (Guillaume Tell) at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome again under Pappano; Rossini’s Otello in Lyon; La Cenerentola (Don Ramiro) in Nice; Rossini’s Armida (Goffredo) at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; La Juive (Leopold) in Zurich; and Meyerbeer’s Gli Ugonotti (Raoul de Nangis) in Brussels under the baton of Marc Minkowski.
Highlights of his collaborations during season 2009/10 were: La Juive and Guillaume Tell (broadcast live on Radio Vara) in Amsterdam; and L’Elisir d’Amore (Nemorino) for his stage debut at the Houston Grand Opera.
In 2010, he interpreted the title role in Rossini’s Otello in Lausanne; Goffredo in Armida in New York opposite Renée Fleming; Arturo in I Puritani in Cagliari; and Donizetti’s Caterina Cornaro in Amsterdam; Pollione in Norma opposite Cecilia Bartoli in Dortmund; and Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In 2008, he was: Ramiro in La Cenerentola opposite Cecila Bartoli in Zurich; Lindoro in La Cenerentola at the Teatro Comunale in Florence.
Mr. Osborn’s repertory includes numerous Mozart’s roles, such as: Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Washington, Atlanta, Orlando and Bordeaux); Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Seattle, San Diego, Baltimora and New York City Opera); Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte (Boston and San Diego); Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Metropolitan Opera under James Levine, Portland Opera, Florida Grand Opera and New York City Opera.)
He also enjoys a prolific and successful concert activity interpreting, among others: Handel’s Messiah in Richmond, Virginia; Michel in Donizetti’s Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth and Elvino in La Sonnambula at the Caramoor Festival; Belmonte in a concert version of Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Yoel Levy in Atlanta; Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the WDR conducted by Semyon Bychkov at the Kölner Philharmonie in Cologne and broadcast live on television; Carmina Burana in San Francisco, Seattle, Indianapolis; Milwaukee and Kansas City.
John Osborn graduated in Voice at the Simpson College in Sioux City, Iowa, his native town. He obtained the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation in 1994, won the Opera Index Award in 1995 and participated in the prestigious Metropolitan Opera Young Artists Development Program. He successfully participated in numerous international competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council in 1994 at age 21, and won the Concours International de Voix d'Opera-Placido Domingo Operalia in 1996 in Bordeaux.