2010 Lesley Anne Friend | Soprano | CO-WY District - 2010

Lesley Anne Friend, 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards Semi-Finalist, and winner of awards from Marguerite McCammon Vocal Competition, New Hampshire Opera Idol, Saritelli-DiPanni Bel Canto Fund, Connecticut Concert Opera, and Orpheus Competition, was recently seen with Maestro Steven White and the Baltimore Concert Opera singing Desdemona in Verdi's Otello.

Her other roles include: Miss Jessel in Britten's The Turn of the Screw; the Female Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia; Elisabetta in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda; Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff; Ariadne in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos; Myra Foster in Stephen Schwartz's Seance on a Wet Afternoon; Mrs. Gobineau in Menotti's The Medium; Contessa D'Almaviva in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro; Geraldine in Barber's A Hand of Bridge; the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica; and Magda Sorel in Menotti's masterpiece, The Consul.

Reprising her role from July 2005, 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. Lesley received her B.M. cum laude in Performance from Montclair State University, where she studied with Dr. Stephen Oosting; and her M.M. in Opera from The Boston Conservatory and studies with Dr. Rebecca Folsom.