This month's issue of Toronto Life features an interview with Ensemble Studio soprano Simone Osborne! Simone made a stunning debut as Pamina in our production of The Magic Flute last season, and this fall she'll be debuting another major role with us: Gilda, the innocent daughter of the misanthropic jester Rigoletto.
Simone has a fresh take on the role of Gilda:
Now, just 24, she's taking on Gilda, the self-sacrificing daughter in Verdi's Rigoletto, a part that requires a voice both winsome and fierce with conviction (she's got it) . . . More importantly, she's got enough natural sass to bring something new to the character of Gilda, a character too often played as wearyingly naive. "She has the strength of character to die for someone she loves even when she knows he's a bad person," says Osborne.
Check out the full article in the print issue of Toronto Life! A PDF of the full article is also available here.
Photo: (l – r) Simone Osborne as Pamina and Christopher Enns as Tamino in the COC Ensemble Studio performance of The Magic Flute, 2011. © Michael Cooper 2011
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001