Marilyn Horne mentored her. In 2008, she was one of the youngest singers to ever win the MET Opera National Council Auditions at age 21. Canadian soprano, Simone Osborne is a talented young artist, making waves in the opera scene.
A graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Studio Ensemble program, Osborne recently wowed audiences in the COC’s production of Louis Riel. Returning to the COC as Adina in Donizetti’s beautiful L’elisir d’amore (ELIXIR OF LOVE), Osborne is primed to wow us all over again.
BroadwayWorld’s Taylor Long sat down with the soprano, to chat about her career, her roots and her excitement in bringing ELIXIR OF LOVE to the stage.
PROFILE: Simone Osborne
Zodiac Sign – Virgo
What are you reading? Little Bee by Chris Cleave & The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
What are you listening to? Not ELIXIR. Singer/Songwriters, 90s-pop running music.
Pick one bel canto soprano – Right now, Mariella Devia
I want to listen to everything once, but I can’t get attached to any recordings. So, I stopped listening to Elixir recordings probably a year ago. Marilyn Horne, who was my teacher for a long time, she’d say, “you don’t realize that you’re doing it, but if you listen to recordings, you will start to mimic them.”
Why do you sing?
I’ve told this story before, and it sounds ridiculous! When I was a little girl, I used to watch those World Vision commercials on TV. My poor parents, they were university students at the time, so it wasn’t like we were living large or anything. But I just didn’t understand why we couldn’t sponsor all of the kids on each program. At that time, I also didn’t know that becoming a humanitarian was a possible job and that you could just do that – work for the Red Cross, for example.