Lesley Friend

Lesley F.

Bloomington, IN

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Lesley delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2006

Lesley is an accomplished classically trained operatic soprano at the beginning of her career. Lesley grew up all over the United States, attending high school in Tennessee where she was very active in high school theatre, playing roles like Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! and Glinda in The Wizard of Oz. Lesley currently sings operatic repertoire ranging from Mozart to Bernstein and loves new composers and exploring new music. Lesley has studied with numerous teachers, coaches, directors, and conductors who have shaped her as a musician, and hopes to be able to impart some of what she has learned. I love to sing, and would love to help you explore singing as well.

I taught in the Atlanta area for four years, as well as New Jersey and Boston, MA. I enjoy working with my students to discover and develop their true voice and passion for music! After studying vocal pedagogy, vocal anatomy, Body Mapping, Alexander Technique, acting, dance, movement, and of course years of musical study, I have honed my skills as a teacher and wants to share them with you! Healthy breathing, physicality, phonation, and resonance techniques are crucial to any style of singing - opera, classical, broadway, or pop.

I hold a Master's degree in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a Bachelor's degree cum laude in Vocal Performance from Montclair State University. I attended the summer training programs at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, CO and the Seagle Music Colony in the Adirondacks. I have studied acting for over 6 years, and participated in straight theatre, as well as musical theatre. I have also coached with coaches from the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Atlanta Opera, and many more!

My operatic roles include: Miss Jessel in Britten's, The Turn of the Screw, Mrs. Gobineau in Menotti's The Medium, The Female Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, Clara Deluso in Pasatieri's Signor Deluso, Magda Sorel in Menotti's The Consul, Geraldine in Menotti's A Hand of Bridge, Ariadne in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, Elisabetta in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, Contessa d'Almaviva in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, and the First Lady in Die Zauberflote.

My theatre roles include: The Witch in Sondheim's Into the Woods, Aunt Eller in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, Marion Hollander in Woody Allen's Don't Drink the Water, Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, Lucy in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Bobby's Mother in Gershwin's Crazy For You.

I am also featured on Albany Records release of Signor Deluso in the role I performed with the Opera Company of Brooklyn. I have performed the soprano solos in Verdi's Requiem, Faure's Requiem, and Gounod's St Cecilia Mass. Recently I worked closely with Stephen Schwartz - creator of the hit Broadway musical Wicked to create the starring role, Myra Foster, in his first opera - Seance on a Wet Afternoon.

In 2010 I was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Semi-Finalist. I claimed third place and the Wagner award in the Orpheus National Vocal Competition. I was also recognized for excellence with the Benefactor's Award in the Saritelli DiPanni Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Fund as well as being a semi-finalist in the 2009 Jensen Competition. I enjoyed participating in NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) for many years, placing every year in college, and taking home first prize senior year. In my junior year, I won my entire division for the Eastern Regional NATS competitions. I also participated in the All State choirs for 3 years in high school, taking first chair soprano 1 in my senior year, and being awarded a solo.

My students have received college scholarships, advanced in national competitions, and had successful auditions in both classical and broadway style singing. My students have performed in musicals, plays, choirs, and operas. I look forward to exploring your voice with you!

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Experience

Associate Instructor
Aug 2014 - Present
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Voice Teacher
Sep 2009 - Present
TakeLessons.com

Teaching people how to sing!

Freelance Opera Singer
Jan 2005 - Present
Lesley Anne F., soprano

I sing all over the world!

Soprano Artist in Residence
Aug 2012 - Aug 2014
Opera Memphis

I perform all over Memphis, TN with this great opera company!

Section Leader and Soloist
Feb 2013 - Jul 2014
St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral

I sing at the Episcopal Cathedral of Memphis

Education

D.M.A
Aug 2014 - Present
Indiana University
A.D. Opera
Aug 2012 - May 2014
University of Memphis
M.M. Opera Performance
Sep 2006 - May 2008
The Boston Conservatory
B.M. Vocal Music Performance cum laude
Aug 2001 - May 2006
Montclair State University
HS Diploma
Aug 1998 - Jun 2001
Cordova High School

Languages

German
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Certified Voice Teacher
Aug 2013
MTNA

Awards

Wagner Award
Mar 2013
Orpheus National Vocal Competition
1st Place
Nov 2012
New Hampshire Opera Idol
National Semifinalist
Jan 2010
Metropolitan Opera

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Sep 2008

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
May 2001

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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Photos & Videos

Lesley Anne Friend sings Alma's aria from Lee Hoiby's Summer and Smoke.

Hoiby's Summer and Smoke
University of Memphis Opera
November 2012
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Conductor: Mark Ensley; Director: Copeland Woodruff; Designers: Dirk Durossette, Set; Michael M Montgomery, Costume; Tláloc Miguel López-Watermann, Lighting. Matthew Strampe, Technical Director/Sculptor; Photos: Steve Roberts

Alma Winemiller: Lesley Anne Friend
John Buchanan Jr.: J. Daniel Altman
with William Langley and the Memphis Repertory Orchestra
9/1/12 in Memphis, TN
with Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz after singing the lead in  the first workshop of his first opera

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as Magda Sorel in Menotti's The Consul

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as Aunt Eller in a Cordova HS production of Oklahoma!

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with my colleagues in costume for Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte

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7 Reviews

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Feliciano R. Sep 24, 2015
Opera Voice · Online

My first lesson with Lesley was refreshing and informative. She is very knowledgeable in her field and I noticed a difference in my upper range after 10 mins out of a 30 min lesson. I look forward to working with her in the years to come!

Gloria G. Sep 5, 2015
Singing · Online

Ms. Lesley is a fantastic voice teacher! I'm really shy, but she was able to "pull me out of my shell" and make me feel really comfortable. You can tell she loves what she does, and she wants to see her students succeed!

Simon Phillip Aug 10, 2015
Opera Voice · Online

Lesley is an awesome teacher and she know what she is doing, If your going to get an opera teacher there is no better option then her!!!

Rebecca Apr 29, 2015
Singing · Online

WOW! I learned a lot in just one lesson! Great teacher.

Paul S. Jun 13, 2014
Broadway Singing · Online

At first I had doubts about the potential effectiveness of online lessons. But I am unable to advance with local vocal teachers and decided to give it a shot.
Leslie's immediate insights into things I was doing wrong and things I could do better have already made an impact in both my approach and ability. I've taken vocal lessons off and on locally for nearly 20 years, and in the first lesson she suggested at least four things that I had never been told before, and all of them were spot-on.
Her flexibility in both schedule and simply working to help me achieve the things I want to achieve have been amazing.
I would highly recommend her coaching to anyone looking to improve!

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Jennifer F. May 20, 2014
Singing · Online

Lesley is a great teacher! My daughter has really improved. I love the online classes. Thank you Lesley!

RekhaD Nov 12, 2009
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Love my teacher!

Lesley is a wonderful teacher. I am learning so much and she has a very nice teaching style.

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