Dramatic Soprano, Lesley Anne Friend, has been honored as a Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards Semi-Finalist, and by the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, Marguerite McCammon Vocal Competition, Connecticut Concert Opera, the Orpheus Competition, and the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. Her roles include the title roles in Ariadne auf Naxos and Tosca, Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte, Alma in Hoiby’s Summer & Smoke, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Desdemona in Otello, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, Helmwige in Die Walküre, Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda, the title role in Suor Angelica, and Magda Sorel in The Consul. Lesley has worked with Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Memphis, Baltimore Concert Opera, and Opera on the Avalon.
Lesley has long been passionate about new works and less-performed repertoire. She has performed in regional and world premieres of works by numerous composers, including American composers Zachery Redler and Stephen Schwartz: singing Magnanimous in Windows and Myra Foster in Seance on a Wet Afternoon, respectively. Her orchestral work includes Varese’s Offrandes, the music of Harry Partch, and Ginastera’s Cantata para América Mágica in celebration of the composer’s 100th birthday at Indiana University’s Latin American Music Center. During Pride Month 2023, she was honored to perform a recital of music by LGBTQ+ English & American composers.
Ms. Friend sang her first Verdi Requiem with Boston’s Chorus Pro Musica and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Hartt School of Music Choirs and Orchestra and the New Haven Chorale. She also performed Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer 1915 and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Indiana University Orchestra. Lesley received her B.M. cum laude in Vocal Performance from Montclair State University, her M.M. in Opera from The Boston Conservatory, and an Artist Diploma from the University of Memphis. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in the final stage of completing her Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature, with a minor in Music History at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Her doctoral research involves making musical theatre part of a traditional music curriculum, and she is a student of Carol Vaness.
She has been teaching voice since 2008, and is proud to have been a member of the music faculty at Indiana University, Norfolk State University, and Elizabeth City State University. Visit www.LesleyAnneFriend.com for production photos, recordings, and more.