Lilian Farahani



Dutch-Iranian soprano Lilian Farahani graduated cum laude with distinction from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the Dutch National Opera Academy in Amsterdam.

In summer 2021, she is singing the role of The Bride in the opera ‘Innocence’, a new creation by Kaija Saariaho, at the Festival d’Aix en Provence. In the 2021/2022 season, she sings Zerlina (‘Don Giovanni’) at Dutch National Opera, Elvira (‘L’italiana in Algeri’) at NTR ZaterdagMatinee and in Aalto-Musiktheather Essen the roles of Lauretta (‘Gianni Schicchi’) and Zdenka (‘Arabella’).

In recent years, Lilian has sung on the major Dutch stages with companies such as Dutch National Opera, Opera Zuid and Dutch Touring Opera, but also in the opera houses of Nancy, Bern, Essen, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and the International Maifestspiele Wiesbaden. Her repertoire includes Mozart roles such as Pamina (‘Zauberflöte’), Despina (‘Così fan tutte’), Zerlina (‘Don Giovanni’) and Susanna (‘Le nozze di Figaro’). But also Gretel (‘Hänsel und Gretel’), Carolina (‘Il matrimonio segreto’), Musetta (‘La bohème’) and Frasquita (‘Carmen’).

Lilian worked with stage directors such as Simon McBurney, Lotte de Beer, Monique Wagemakers, Laurent Pelly, Simon Stone and Theu Boermans, with conductors such as Raphaël Pichon, Antony Hermus, Ed Spanjaard, Patrick Fournillier, Kenneth Montgomery, Antonello Manacorda, Sacha Goetzel and Susanna Mälkki, with orchestras like The Hague Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Ensemble Pygmalion, London Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, The Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Essener Philharmoniker, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and members of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Besides opera, operette and the classical repertoire of Lieder, Lilian feels at home singing contemporary works. Besides Saariaho’s ‘Innocence’, she sang leading roles in ‘Anne and Zef’ by Monique Krüs, Death Knocks’ (Christian Jost) and ‘The infernal comedy’ by Michael Sturminger with the Dutch National Theater. In the spring of 2019, her debut CD ‘Woman – the making of…’ with works of Jake Heggie, was released, along with pianist Maurice Lammerts van Bueren.


“[…] waarin sopraan Lilian Farahani stralend boven de georganiseerde chaos uitklonk. […] Haar uitstekende Elvira bood een vleug weemoed zonder klagerigheid.”

“[…] in which soprano Lilian Farahani beamed above the organized chaos. […] Her excellent Elvira offered a touch of nostalgia without whining.”

(‘L’italiana in Algeri’ February 2022)

Martin Toet

Place de l’Opera

“De verhoudingen liggen echter opeens anders als die ‘seconda donna’, helaas zonder eigen aria, gezongen (en gespeeld!) wordt door een zangeres als Lilian Farahani, die haar afgelopen zaterdag in het Concertgebouw een allure gaf zoals ik die al heel lang niet meer heb meegemaakt. Haar Elvira bleek opmerkelijk sterk aanwezig in dit levendig geacteerde semi-concertante dramma giocoso en vocaal was zij niet weg te denken uit de ensembles…”

“However, the proportions are suddenly different when that ‘seconda donna’, unfortunately without her own aria, is sung (and played!) by a singer like Lilian Farahani, who gave her an allure last Saturday in the Concertgebouw that I haven’t experienced for a long time. Her Elvira turned out to be remarkably strong in this lively acted semi-concertante dramma giocoso and vocally she was indispensable in the ensembles…”

(L’Italiana in Algeri – February 2022)

Paul Korenhof

Opus Klassiek

“Farahani zingt met glinsterende brille de rol van Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi.” 

“Farahani sings with glittering brilliance the role of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi.”​

(‘Il Trittico’ January 2022)

Peter van der Lint


“Vaderlandslievende operafans kunnen de vlag uithangen, want Lilian Farahani ontwikkelt zich heel goed en is niet slechts een naïeve, maar ook een beetje cheeky Zerlina.”

“Patriotic opera fans can fly the flag, because Lilian Farahani is developing very well and is not only a naive, but also a bit cheeky Zerlina.”

(‘Don Giovanni’ November 2021)

Merlijn Kerkhof

de Volkskrant