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Performer: John Osborn

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Bellini: Norma
Maurizio Benini; Justin Way; Teatro Real; Charles Edwards; Sue Willmington; Yolanda Auyanet; Hibla Gerzmava

MunichLes Vêpres siciliennes

© Wilfried Hösl
Verdi: Les Vêpres siciliennes (I vespri siciliani)
Omer Meir Wellber; Antú Romero Nunes; Bavarian State Opera; Matthias Koch; Victoria Behr; George Petean; John Osborn
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VeniceLa Favorite

Donizetti: La Favorite
Donato Renzetti; Rosetta Cucchi; Teatro La Fenice; Massimo Checchetto; Claudia Pernigotti; Veronica Simeoni; John Osborn

RomeLes Vêpres siciliennes

Roberto Frontali (Montfort) and John Osborn (Henri) © Yasuko Kageyama | Opera di Roma
Verdi: Les Vêpres siciliennes (I vespri siciliani)
Daniele Gatti; Valentina Carrasco; Teatro dell'Opera di Roma; Richard Peduzzi; Luis F Carvalho; Roberto Frontali; John Osborn
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Verdi's Vêpres siciliennes opens the operatic season in Rome

Roberto Frontali (Montfort) and John Osborn (Henri) © Yasuko Kageyama | Opera di Roma
Living in an environment influenced by French culture, Verdi saw the chance of breathing new life into the Italian opera through the grand-opéra. Les Vêpres siciliennes is his successful attempt.
****1
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Peter Konwitschny returns to the Semperoper with Les Huguenots

Venera Gimadieva (Marguerite de Valois) © Semperoper Dresden | Ludwig Olah
John Osborn leads a very successful premiere of Peter Konwitschny's new production of Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots in Dresden
****1
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The Tales of Hoffmann are beautifully told in Naples

The Tales of Hoffmann at Teatro di San Carlo © Francesco Squeglia
One of Teatro San Carlo’s most cherished productions of recent years, with an excellent cast of singers and a director who steered at his ease into the libretto’s erratic changes of mood and atmosphere.
*****
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Strongly cast Guillaume Tell hits its mark at Theater an der Wien

Christoph Pohl (Guillaume Tell) and Anita Rosati (Jemmy) © Moritz Schell
Osborn absolutely lives the part; he negotiated formidable heights, intricate passage work and the sheer volume of notes with style and clarity as well as colour and nuance. 
****1
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L'elisir d'amore finds an ideal setting at Macerata

Alex Esposito (Dulcamara) © Alfredo Tabocchini
With unbridled imagination, Michieletto fills this usually-problematic space with a wealth of racy detail.
*****
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A superb, sinister Hoffmann at Dutch National Opera

Nina Minasyan (Olympia) © Baus
Selectively unearthed from current critical editions, this fabulously performed new Hoffmann plumbs the murky depths of its antihero’s psyche.
*****
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