Lilian Farahani

Soprano

Biography

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.

Reviews

“Papagena est la piquante et délurée soprano Lilian Farahani. Elle lui est parfaitement et d’emblée appariée, physiquement et vocalement (ce qui est important pour un rôle aussi attendu que bref). Le duo de la rencontre est un délice, dégusté avec gourmandise par le public.”

Emmanuel Andrieu

Opera Online

“… la Papagena de la soprano Lilian Farahani, jolie brune un tantinet délurée, vocalement à la hauteur de ses partenaires, avec une projection limpide et beaucoup d’assurance.”

Michael Egea

Destimed

‘On notera aussi la prestation de la soprano Lilian Farahani (Frasquita), avec l’excellente diction d’une voix claire et bien timbrée’

Jacques Schmitt

ResMusica

Over Eve-Song: “De jonge sopraan Lilian Farahani geeft Eva’s karakter vorm met de rauwe en sensuele kracht die in muziek en tekst verborgen liggen.” Over At the Statue of  Venus: De oerkracht is verruild voor twijfel, ook in Farahani’s stem, die ook hier indrukwekkend diep onder de huid van haar personage kruipt. 

 “Young soprano Lilian Farahani shapes Eve’s character with the raw sensuality that lies in the music and text. (…) The primal force is exchanged for doubt, also in Farahani’s voice, that –again- manages to get impressively deep under the skin of her character.”

Joost Galema

NRC Cultuurgids

“THIS IS A PHENOMENAL PERFORMANCE ON EVERY LEVEL” (Dutch première of Jake Heggie’s composition Eve-Song)

Jake Heggie

More Reviews

“DANS LES RÉCITATIFS OU LES AIRS, SA VOIX EST MOELLEUSE, SOUPLE LUI PERMETTANT AVEC UNE AISANCE SCÉNIQUE INCONTESTABLE DE GRAVIR SANS OBSTACLE LES HAUTS SOMMETS DES VOCALISES ORNANT SON DISCOURS.” (Jean-Stéphane Sourd Durand, baroquiades.com)

“FARAHANI ENTERS RIGHT INTO THE HEARTS OF THE AUDIENCE, BOTH SINGING AND SPEAKING” (Brechtje Zwaneveld, NRC Handelsblad)

“MS FARAHANI PORTRAYS A QUICK-WITTED, RESOURCEFUL CAROLINA, RENDERED UTTERLY ENDEARING BY HER SWEET-TIMBRE SOPRANO.” (Nicolas Nguyen, Bachtrack)

“Een juweeltje van eigen bodem, in repertoire, uitvoering en presentatie met een fraai boekje op cd-formaat, is WOMAN – the making of . . .” (Paul Korenhof, Opus Klassiek)

English translation: “A home made gem, in repertoire, performance and presentation, with a beautiful booklet in cd-format, is WOMAN – the making of…” (Paul Korenhof, Opus Klassiek)

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