John Osborn Singer

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In 1994, the American tenor John Osborn was victorious at the New York Metropolitan Opera’s auditions and in 1996 he took first prize at the Plácido Domingo International Competition in Bordeaux. During the 1996 / 1997 season, he made his debut on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera and his European debut at the Cologne Opera (as Fenton in Falstaff). In the early years of his career, he focused on the bel canto repertoire. The role of Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia earnt him a place on the stages of the Vienna Staatsoper, the Berlin Staatsoper and the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Orlando Operas. He has played Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri, Elvino in La sonnambula, Tonio in La Fille du régiment, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Arturo in I puritani appearing on some of the great international stages in the process. He made his Paris Opera debut in 2002 in La Cenerentola and returned there in 2007 to perform the role of Léopold in Halévy’s La Juive.
He then began to tackle a wider repertoire: Arnold in Guillaume Tell (Rome, 2007), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Salzburg, 2008), Des Grieux in Manon (Buenos Aires, 2010), Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Brussels, 2010), the title role in Rossini’s Otello (Lyon, 2010), Raoul de Nangis in Les Huguenots (Brussels, 2011), Roberto Devereux (Zurich, 2013), Pollione in Norma (Salzburg, 2013), Hoffmann (Lyon Opera, 2013), Henri in I Vespri Siciliani (Caramoor Festival, 2013), Alfredo in La Traviata (Verona, 2013), and Werther (Frankfurt, 2014).
More recently, he sang the title role in Benvenuto Cellini at the Rome Opera, the Liceu in Barcelona and the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam. His other roles include Rodrigo (La Donna del lago) and Arnold (Guillaume Tell) at the Metropolitan Opera, Rossini’s Otello at the Theater an der Wien, Fernand (La Favorite) at La Fenice in Venice, Léopold (La Juive) for his debut appearance at Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, Elvino (La sonnambula) at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Libenskof (Il viaggio a Reims) at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and Jean (Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète) at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. This season, he is singing the title roles in Fra Diavolo in Rome, Faust at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, and Tonio (La Fille du régiment) at the Maestranza in Seville.

Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam

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