Lesley Anne Friend, Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards Semi-Finalist, has been honored by the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, Marguerite McCammon Vocal Competition, Connecticut Concert Opera, International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition and the Orpheus Competition. Lesley has been a young artist with the Seagle Music Colony, Sugar Creek Opera, and an apprentice artist with Sarasota Opera. Most recently, she was the soprano Artist in Residence with Opera Memphis from 2012-2014.
Her roles include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte, Alma in Hoiby's Summer & Smoke, 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, Myra Foster in Stephen Schwartz’s Seance on a Wet Afternoon, the title character in Puccini's Suor Angelica, and Magda Sorel in Menotti’s masterpiece, The Consul.
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 will be performing Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer 1915 with the Indiana University Orchestra in the summer of 2015.
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.