American tenor John Osborn has gained international acclaim performing with leading theaters around the world, including the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Metropolitan Opera, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Zürich Opera, Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, San Francisco Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. In the 2017/18 season, he makes several debuts: his first Fra Diavolo at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, his first Faust at the Gran Théâtre de Genève, and his debut at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville as Tonio in La Fille du Regiment. Osborn also sings the title role in Benvenuto Cellini at the Opéra National de Paris, the title role in Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Dutch National Opera, and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at the Macerata Festival.
John Osborn returned to the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 2016 as Arnold in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, a role for which he has won the highest praise in such theaters as the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Dutch National Opera, Grand Théâtre de Geneve, Teatro Regio in Torino, and Carnegie Hall. He first sang Arnold in concert performances at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Antonio Pappano. In the 2016/17 season, Osborn appeared at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples in the title role of Rossini’s Otello and made his debut with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as Libenskof in concert performances of Il viaggio a Reims, under Tugan Sokhiev. He subsequently appeared as Pollione in Norma at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, opposite Mariella Devia, and debuted as Jean in Meyerbeer’s Le Prophete, which he sang first at the Alto Theater in Essen and then at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. Osborn also appeared in a semi-staged concert performance of La Boheme at the Phoenician International Festival.
Highlights from the 2015/16 season included the title role in Benvenuto Cellini at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, a role which Osborn first sang in the highly praised production at the Dutch National Opera in 2015. He returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Rodrigo in La Donna del Lago and starred as the title role in a new production of Rossini’s Otello at the Theater an der Wien. Osborn added the role of Fernand in La Favorite to his repertoire at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, after which he made his debut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as Léopold in a new production of La Juive. Additionally, he returned to Paris as Elvino in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées’ concert performance of La Sonnambula and celebrated the 100th anniversary of his hometown’s Sioux City Symphony with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
A native of Sioux City, Iowa, John Osborn received his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Simpson College. He made his professional operatic debut in 1993 at the Des Moines Metro Opera and was then invited to become a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artists Development Program. While still a member of the program, Osborn made his European Debut in 1997 in Cologne as Fenton in Falstaff under James Conlon.
In the first part of his career, John Osborn quickly won international acclaim for his command of the Bel Canto Repertoire. He made his debuts at the Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Vancouver Opera, Orlando Opera, and a return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He also made debuts in Montreal, Dresden, Zürich, Torino, Genoa, Saint Gallen and Nice as Ramiro in La Cenerentola, and in Lisbon, Florence and Santa Barbara as Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri. Osborn appeared as Elvino in La Sonnambula, Tonio in La fille du régiment and Belmonte in Die Entfürung aus dem Serial in Bordeaux; debuted as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and sang Belmonte and Arturo in I Puritani at the Washington National Opera; and reprised the role of Arturo in Amsterdam, Cagliari and Mahon. He debuted as Léopold in La Juive in Paris, later reprising the role in Amsterdam, Zürich and Munich. He also sang Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera and Teatro alla Scala, and Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte in Boston, San Diego and on tour with Seiji Ozawa in Japan.
Osborn’s vocal development then led him to explore a broader lyric repertoire. He sang his first Arnold in Guillaume Tell in Rome in 2007, Roméo in Roméo et Julliette at the 2008 Salzburg Festival, Des Grieux in Manon in Buenos Aires in 2010, and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Grand Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels in 2010, returning to the latter in 2011 to make his debut as Raoul de Nangis in Les Huguenots. In 2010, Osborn made his debut with with the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden as Nadir in concert performances of Les Pecheurs de Perles. He added the title role of Rossini’s Otello to his repertoire in Lyon, Paris, and in a new production in Zürich opposite Cecilia Bartoli. Osborn also added Pollione in Norma to his repertoire in Dortmund, Salzburg, Zürich, Vienna, Lyon, Paris and Edinburgh – a role in which he also appears on Decca’s recording of the opera, opposite Cecilia Bartoli. In 2012, he sang his first Les contes d’Hoffmann in concert in Paris under Mark Minkowski, and then in a stage production for Opera de Lyon and in Tokyo. In the same season, he also sang his first Roberto Devereux in Zürich, opposite Edita Gruberova. In 2013, Osborn made a triumphant appearance at the Caramoor Festival as Henri in Verdi’s Les Vepres Siciliennes and debuted as Alfredo in La Traviata at the Arena di Verona, where he also appeared as Romeo. Osborn also appeared as Goffredo in Armida and Rodrigo in La Donna del Lago as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcasts. He recently added the title role in Werther to his repertoire in Frankfurt (2014).
John Osborn’s prestigious awards include the 2010 Goffredo Petrassi Award (cultural), 2012 Aureliano Pertile Award (tenor), 2014 Bellini d’Oro (bel canto), 2015 Friends of the Dutch National Opera “Prix d’amis” (best performance), and most recently the 2015/16 Friends of Liceu Critical Award (male singer) for his portrayal of Benvenuto Cellini.