Soprano Lesley Anne Friend, has been honored as a Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards Semi-Finalist, 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 Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte, Alma in Hoiby's Summer & Smoke, Masha in Wargo’s The Music Shop, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello, Miss Jessel in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Helmwige in Die Walküre, Female Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, Ariadne in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, thetitle character in Puccini's Suor Angelica, and Magda Sorel in Menotti’s masterpiece, The Consul. Lesley has been a young artist with the Seagle Music Colony, Sugar Creek Opera, an apprentice artist with Sarasota Opera, and an Artist in Residence with Opera Memphis.
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. She also performs regularly with New Voices Opera, and will premier the role of Mrs. Verdurin in young American composer Max Ramage's Swann's Love, a one-act opera inspired by Proust's Swann's Way.
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 has also performed Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer 1915 with the Indiana University Orchestra.
Lesley received her B.M. cum laude in Vocal Performance from Montclair State University and her M.M. in Opera from The Boston Conservatory. Currently, she is a doctoral student at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University studying with Carol Vaness.