Dutch-Iranian soprano Lilian Farahani studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and at the Conservatory in Amsterdam, and graduated with honours from the Dutch National Opera Academy in 2015.
She made her debut in France in 2017 at the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy under Sacha Goetzel in the role of Carolina in Il Matrimonio segreto, a role that she performed during the previous season at the Dutch National Opera in a co-production with Opera Zuid and De Nederlandse Reisopera.
Her repertoire also includes Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Luisa in Die stumme Serenade (Korngold) and Morgana in Alcina, but Lilian feels equally at home singing contemporary works. She has sung the role of Anne Frank in the opera Anne and Zef by Monique Krüs (world premiere), the Dutch premiere of Death Knocks (Christian Jost) and Jake Heggie’s cycle of Eve-songs. She also appeared in The Infernal Comedy by Michael Sturminger at the Dutch National Theatre under the direction of Theu Boermans.
On the concert podium, she has sung with the Residentieorkest and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed at the Prinsengrachtconcert in Amsterdam.
Lilian begins her 2017/18 season as a member of the soloist ensemble at the Konzert Theater Bern, singing the roles of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Kitty in Anna Karenina by Jenő Hubay and Mrs Gobineau in The Medium by Menotti.
Her future projects include the role of Papagena in Die Zauberflöte at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and at the Dutch National Opera in the highly acclaimed Simon McBurney production, conducted by Raphael Pichon.
“MS FARAHANI PORTRAYS A QUICK-WITTED, RESOURCEFUL CAROLINA, RENDERED UTTERLY ENDEARING BY HER SWEET-TIMBRE SOPRANO.”
“THIS IS A PHENOMENAL PERFORMANCE ON EVERY LEVEL” (Dutch première of Jake Heggie’s composition Eve-Song)
“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)