October 4 — Simone Osborne, a recent graduate of UBC Opera, is continuing to forge ahead with her career. After winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2008 (one of the youngest performers ever to do so) she begins her final year as a member of the Canadian Opera Company Studio Ensemble in the 2011 – 2012 season at the tender age of 24.
This weekend, Simone made her role debut as Gilda in Christopher Alden’s production of ‘Rigoletto’ at the Canadian Opera Company. Watch for her back in Vancouver in the fall. Simone will make her Vancouver Opera debut as Juliette in ‘Roméo et Juliette’ — a production not to be missed. Recently Simone sat down with Leslie Barcza to discuss this life as an opera singer and singing Gilda, one of the most challenging roles in the repetoire.