Lesley Anne Friend, Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards Semi-Finalist is a winner of awards from Marguerite McCammon Vocal Competition, Connecticut Concert Opera, International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition and Orpheus Competition. She was recently seen as an Apprentice Artist with the Sarasota Opera and a Resident Artist with Opera Memphis.
Her roles include: Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI, Fiordiligi in COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Alma in SUMMER & SMOKE, Contessa Ceprano in RIGOLETTO, Desdemona in Verdi’s OTELLO, Miss Jessel in Britten’s THE TURN OF THE SCREW, Helmwige in Wagner's DIE WALKÜRE, Female Chorus in Britten’s THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, Elisabetta in Donizetti’s MARIA STUARDA, Masha in Wargo's THE MUSIC SHOP, Ariadne in Strauss’s ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Myra Foster in Stephen Schwartz’s SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON, Leonora in Beethoven’s FIDELIO, Norma in Bellini’s NORMA, Mrs. Gobineau in THE MEDIUM, the title role in Puccini’s SUOR ANGELICA and Magda Sorel in Menotti’s masterpiece, THE CONSUL.
Lesley can be heard on Albany Records premiere recording of Pasatieri's SIGNOR DELUSO as Clara with the Opera Company of Brooklyn. Ms. Friend recently 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. Lesley received her B.M. cum laude in Performance from Montclair State University and her M.M. in Opera from The Boston Conservatory. Currently, she is pursuing doctoral studies at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with Carol Vaness.
Download Lesley Friend's resume here.