“La donna del lago” by Gioacchino Rossini from the Metropolitan Opera



“Showing what can be accomplished when the company marshals all of its resources, the Met fields two tenors in this production who are the mezzo-soprano’s vocal equals, or close to it, each tossing off high Ds and machine-gun coloratura of their own. John Osborn, also returning from last season’s run, is even more secure this time around as the rebel leader Rodrigo. His timbre is remarkably dark for a leggiero tenor, lending him a rugged quality compared to the rest of the romantic leads. Hearing his smooth, lyric voice, it’s almost hard to imagine how he’ll climb up to the role’s top, but his instrument lightens quickly as it ascends. His singing was colorful and flowing in his entrance scene, which showed off not just a beaming final high C, but even one that he managed to float pianissimo in the aria “Ma dov’è colei.”

- Eric C. Simpson  New York Musical Review

Recent winner of the “Friends

of the Dutch National Opera”

Artist of the year award!