American tenor,  John Osborn, was born in Sioux City, Iowa.  He attended primary and secondary school, and was heavily involved in music and athletics while growing up in Iowa.  Throughout his years at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School, he was often a featured soloist at various honor and choir festivals.  He was also a folk-style wrestling champion of the Sioux Interstate Conference in 1990.  His continuing education includes a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.  He studied voice with Anne Larson, an accomplished mezzo soprano while at Simpson, and was a winner of the 1994 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions when he was only 21 years old.  This immediately gave him international attention.  Mr. Osborn was an invited member of the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Development Program in the fall of 1994.  He continued his vocal studies with Edward Zambara, a Greek-American bass, who was teaching at The Juilliard School.  As a member of the Met YADP, he studied several songs, arias and roles under distinguished Met coaches as Nico Castel, Susan Webb, Robert Cowart, Dennis Giocque, Donna Racik, and Stephen Eldridge.  He also appeared in masterclasses with several important artists as Hermann Prey, Régine Crespin, Carlo Bergonzi, Eduardo Müller, Barbara Bonney, Sherill Milnes, Ileana Cortrubas, and Regina Resnik, to name a few.  He was also First Prize Winner of the 1996 Operalia Voice Competition of Placido Domingo in Bordeaux, France. 

    In 2012, Mr. Osborn became the first non-Italian to win the Aureliano Pertile Tenor Award in Asti, Italy. He is also recipient of a 2011 Goffredo Petrassi Award for his contributions to Italian culture in performances as Arnold Melchtal in GUILLAUME TELL by Gioacchino Rossini with Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra and Chorus of L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy. Furthermore, he’s a winner of the 2014 Bellini d’Oro in Catania, Sicily, the home of Vincenzo Bellini, for his performances in Bellini’s LA SONNAMBULA in Bari, and for his Verdi’s TRAVIATA performances at Arena di Verona. 2016 “Prix d’Amis” friends of the Dutch National Opera and subsequently the “for his performance as Cellini in Terry Gilliam’s award-winning production of BENVENUTO CELLINI.

         Awards this year include the Premio “Franco Abbiati” critics award in the category of “Best Male” singer, 2016; the International Opera Awards “Oscar della Lirica” in the category of “Best Tenor”; and most recently the Premio Cittadina di Diano Marina for his career achievements.

         Mr. Osborn’s 2016/17 began with his return to The Metropolitan Opera as Arnold Mélchtal in GUILLAUME TELL; a critically acclaimed return to Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Italy in Rossini’s OTELLO: Ossia il moro di Venezia; a recital alongside his wife, Lynette Tapia, soprano and pianist Beatrice Benzi from La Scala di Milano also in Teatro San Carlo di Napoli; the same recital with pianist and Maestro Ramón Tebar at Opera Naples in Florida; the New Year’s Eve Gala at La Fenice (Capodanno) televised Live nationwide in Italy on January 2, 2017; three performances as Conte di Libenskof in Rossini’s IL VIAGGIO A REIMS as his debut at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia; Pollione in NORMA as his debut in Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Sicily; his role debut in LE PROPHETE by Giacomo Meyerbeer as Jean de Leyde alongside his wife, Lynette Tapia as Berthe also in his debut at the Aalto Musik Theater in Essen, Germany; Alfredo Germont in Constanta, Romania; a televised concert with Lynette Tapia, Maestro Franco Giacosa, and the Kaunas City Symphony in Kaunas, Lithuania; another run of LE PROPHETE for his return to the Théâtre du Capitôle in Toulouse, France; a concert with his wife and daugther (violin) and Maestro Giacosa in honor of his receipt of the Premio Cittadina Diano Marina in Italy.

     In 2015, Mr. Osborn began the season with another triumphant run of Arnold Mélchtal in GUILLAUME TELL in Grand Théâtre de Genève; followed by a return to the Opernhaus Zürich on tour with Cecilia Bartoli and Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s award-winning production of NORMA as Pollione; another run of BENVENUTO CELLINI as his debut in Barcelona at the Teatro Liceu, which he was awarded by the Amix de Liceu for his “Best Male” performance 2016; a successful run of LA DONNA DEL LAGO by Rossini at the Metropolitan Opera playing the role of Rodrigo di Dhu; another wonderful run in the title role of OTELLO by Rossini for his debut in Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria; CELLINI again as his debut with the Teatro d’Opera di Roma; rounding off the season with his debut as Fernand in LA FAVORITE by Gaetano Donizetti at La Fenice in Venice, Italy; Prince Léopold in LA JUIVE for his debut in Bayerische Staatsoper; and finally, another run of the infamous NORMA as Pollione at the Edinburgh Festival. 

    The 2014 Season, he started off with his stage debut in Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed production of LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN at L’Opéra de Lyon; Otello in OTELLO: IL MORO DI VENEZIA by Rossini in Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; he returned to Salzburger Whitsun Festspiele for one repeat performance of OTELLO by Rossini; a brief tour of LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN in Tokyo with L’Opéra de Lyon; Duca di Mantua in RIGOLETTO with Caramoor; he made concert performances of the Teatro Regio GUGLIELMO TELL in Stresa and Edinburgh, followed by a North American tour, including the great cities of Chicago IL, Ann Arbor MI, and made his prestigious debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  Rounding out the 2014/15 season, he sang Des Grieux in a new production of MANON at L’Opéra de Lausanne.

    In 2013, Mr. Osborn made his debut as Arnoldo Melchtal in Rossini’s GUGLIELMO TELL (Italian version) with Teatro Regio di Torino and Gianandrea Noseda conducting; he made his role debut as Alfredo Germont in LA TRAVIATA at the Arena di Verona; Pollione in his stage debut of NORMA at Whitsun Pentekoste Fest in Salzburg, and again with Salzburger Festspiele. This production by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier was awarded the Best New Opera Production by International Opera Awards 2013.  He followed with concert performances as Henri Montfort with Bel Canto at Caramoor; Elvino in LA SONNAMBULA in Bari, Italy; his stage debut as Hoffmann in performances at L’Opéra de Lyon, under the direction of Kazushi Ono; his debut in the title role of WERTHER with Oper Frankfurt; and also the title role of OTELLO by Rossini at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

    John Osborn’s 2012-13 season included many important role and house debuts.  In only his second production of ROMEO ET JULIETTE, he took on the role of Roméo in the prestigious Arena di Verona.  Directly coordinated by his debut performances of Idreno in SEMIRAMIDE by Rossini with Rossini Fest Bad Wildbad, he recorded the opera released on Naxos Records in summer of 2013.  He soon made his debut with Opera Classica Europa as Duca di Mantua in RIGOLETTO by Verdi alongside his wife, Lynette Tapia, as Gilda.  Performing this enchanting and popular opera in castle courtyards across central Germany has been a momentous highlight of his career.  He debuted as Roberto in ROBERTO DEVEREUX by Gaetano Donizetti opposite Edita Gruberova as the Queen in Opernhaus Zürich. Also an important debut was the title role in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN by Jacques Offenbach with Marc Minkowski and the Musiciens du Louvre at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.  Rounding out the season, Mr. Osborn made his stage debut as Arnold Melchtal in GUILLAUME TELL at De Nederlandse Opera in a new production by Pierre Audi, conducted by Paolo Carignani; performed Roméo in concert performances with Evelino Pidò at Palais des Bozar in Bruxelles with La Monnaie; and made his stage debut as Pollione in NORMA in a new production by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier opposite the great Cecilia Bartoli as Norma at the Pfingsten as well as Salzburger Festspiele in the spring and summer of 2013.

Mr. Osborn’s 2011-2012 season began by performing Arnold Melchtal in GUILLAUME TELL at the Proms in London at Royal Albert Hall in conjunction with his first commercial recording release on EMI Classics of “William Tell Live” in the original French text.  He continued his summer in Stresa, Italy on the banks of Lago Maggiore singing semi-staged performances of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR as Edgardo opposite Elena Mosuc as Lucia and Maestro Gianandrea Noseda conducting. He recorded Pollione in NORMA with the Scintilla Orchestra, along with a star-studded cast including Cecilia Bartoli in the title role, Michele Pertusi as Oroveso, and Sumi Jo as Adalgisa.  It was released in the spring of 2013 in conjunction with a new production by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier at the Whitsun Festival in Salzburg, Austria.  A long-awaited debut at Teatro alla Scala in Milan began with his debut in the role of Rodrigo di Dhu in LA DONNA DEL LAGO by Gioacchino Rossini.  Alongside Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Florez, and Daniela Barcellona, it was among the highest praised productions of the season.  He continued his debut season at La Scala with performances of Don Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI, placing him as a prominent new performer at this prestigious theater.  He returned to Opernhaus Zürich in the title role of OTELLO with the world-renowned Cecilia Bartoli as Desdemona and the Scintilla Orchestra, recorded and produced for HD DVD release in March of 2014. He finished his 2012 season with performances of his last Conte d’Almaviva in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA with the San Diego Opera.  He has decided to retire the role, along with other Rossini comic operas in order to continue his work in the more serious and heroic Rossini roles, as well as important French lyric roles which he plans to continue to model as the future of his career.

    Mr. Osborn’s 2010-2011 season opened with his debut as Des Grieux in Massenet’s MANON in Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colòn. He flew to St. Paul, MN for semi-staged performances of Don Ottavio in Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI with St. Paul Symphony and world-renowned conductor Roberto Abbado. His official debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ensued as Nadir in LES PECHEURS DES PERLES by Bizet in concert performances with Antonio Pappano conducting. Concert performances of GUILLAUME TELL, the french version by Gioacchino Rossini, at the Auditorium in Rome with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, were recorded live with Antonio Pappano, and is now available on EMI Classics as “William Tell”. Concert performances of Rossini’s OTELLO in Lyon and Paris with conductor Evelino Pidò were highly acclaimed. Again with Pidò, he performed Don Ramiro in CENERENTOLA with the lovely Romanian mezzo soprano Ruxandra Donose in Nice, France. He returned to the Royal Opera House for performances of IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA; Goffredo in ARMIDA at the Metropolitan Opera; Léopold in LA JUIVE with Zürich Opernhaus; and finally, he made his debut as Raoul de Nangis in Meyerbeer’s LES HUGUENOTS at La Monnaie/De Munt in Brussels.

    Mr. Osborn’s 2009-2010 season started with Léopold in LA JUIVE by Jacques Fromenthal Halévy in Amsterdam, Netherlands; then, he performed Nemorino in L’ELISIR D’AMORE for his debut at Houston Grand Opera; Arnold in GUILLAUME TELL by Rossini with the Netherlands Radio Filharmonic at the Conzertgebauw in Amsterdam; Lindoro in L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI by Rossini in Florence, Italy; Principe Ramiro in LA CENERENTOLA in Zürich, Switzerland with Cecilia Bartoli; OTELLO by Rossini in Lausanne, Switzerland; and he sang Goffredo in ARMIDA by Rossini alongside Renée Fleming and Lawrence Brownlee at The Metropolitan Opera in New York.  This Met production was also viewed by millions around the world in HD Live Broadcasts in movie theaters on May 1st and replayed on May 19th. Now available on DVD with Decca.

    Mr. Osborn’s 2008-2009 season consisted of Edgar Aubry in a rarely performed opera called DER VAMPYR by Heinrich Marschner in Bologna, Italy; Conte d’Almaviva in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA in Vienna, Austria; Dresden, Germany; Lausanne, Switzerland; and Des Moines, Iowa; Arturo Talbot in I PURITANI by Vincenzo Bellini at De Nederlandse Opera; Edgardo in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR by Gaetano Donizetti at “Circque Royale” with La Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium.

    2007-2008 season opened in Geneva, Switzerland, with his debut with the Grand Théâtre de Genève in a new production of LES TROYENS as Iopas under the baton of John Nelson.  He was later called in on short notice to sing a Gala performance of LA CENERENTOLA at Opernhaus Zürich with Cecilia Bartoli in celebration of Alexander Pereira, the Artistic Director of the Zürich Opera House’s birthday.  Soon after, Mr. Osborn made a very important debut with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, Italy.  He was asked to sing Arnold in GUILLAUME TELL by Gioacchino Rossini.  Antonio Pappano conducted, alongside Michele Pertusi as Guillaume Tell, and Norah Amsellem as Mathilde.  These performances have catapulted Mr. Osborn into singing other, more dramatic French roles such as his first Roméo, Raoul in LES HUGUENOTS, WERTHER, DES GRIEUX, HOFFMANN, to name a few.  In January of 2008, he made his debut in Bologna, Italy as Orfé in Glück’s ORPHÉ ET EURIDICE at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna.  He soon followed with Duca di Mantua in Verdi’s RIGOLETTO at Opera New Jersey, and ultimately had to cancel a Nemorino in Palm Beach to sing Conte d’Almaviva in BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA at Lyric Opera of Chicago with American stars Nathan Gunn and Joyce DiDonato and Alberto Renzetti conducting .  Then, he went back to Zürich to sing Il Duca in an opera called CLARI, the first of two italian operas written my Jacques Fromenthal Halévy.  It was part of Cecilia Bartoli’s Maria Malibran project.  She discovered the full score to this opera while researching the life and career of the first diva, Maria Malibran.  The summer began with Arturo Talbot in Teatro Communal de Mahon in Menorca, Spain; continued with his debut of Roméo in Gounod’s ROMEO ET JULIETTE with the Salzburg Festival; and then, back to Zürich to record live performances of CLARI for DVD.  He finished the summer with a Three Tenors of Bel Canto concert with the Orchestra of L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia.

    Mr. Osborn’s 2006-2007 season began with Netherlands Opera production of Richard Strauss’s CAPRICCIO, opposite his wife, Lynette Tapia, as the Italian Singers.  He performed Almaviva in San Francisco Opera’s production of IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Maurizio Barbacini conducting; Léopold in LA JUIVE by Halévy with L’Opéra National de Paris, Pierre Audi directing and Daniel Oren conducting; Lindoro in L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI, debut at Teatro Saõ Carlo in Lisbon, Portugal with Alberto Renzetti conducting; and his return to Opera Theater of St. Louis as Riccardo in THE PURITANS, an english adaptation of Bellini’s opera, in a version where Riccardo and Arturo are both tenors, with Stephen Lord conducting. 

    John Osborn’s international career began in 1997 when he was still a member of the Met’s Young Artist Development Program.  He was recommended to sing for James Conlon for the role of Fenton in Verdi’s FALSTAFF.  He learned the part in a couple of days, flew up to Boston from New York City, sang for Maestro Conlon, and was immediately added to the Oper der Stadt Köln’s production in March of that year.  He performed another run of the show in June.  Since then, after finishing the Young Artist Development Program at the Met, he immediately started working full time as a performing artist in major international opera houses.  First in Montréal, Québec; then, Vancouver, British Columbia; Santiago, Chile; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Vienna and Salzburg, Austria; Naples, Torino, Genova, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Milan, and Bari, Italy; Bordeaux, Toulouse, Nice and Paris, France; Köln, Dresden, Berlin, and Frankfurt, Germany; Amsterdam, Netherlands; London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Tokyo, Yokohama, Matsumoto, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nagoya, and Osaka, Japan; Beijing and Shanghai, China; St. Gallen, Geneva, Lausanne, and Zürich, Switzerland; Moscow, Russia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Barcelona and Menorca, Spain.


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