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 Residentie Orkest and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed at the Prinsengrachtconcert in Amsterdam.
Lilian began 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, Frasquita in Carmen and Mrs Gobineau in The Medium by Menotti.
At this year’s Festival d’Aix en Provence she appeared as Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) in Simon McBurney’s highly acclaimed production, conducted by Raphael Pichon. She will also undertake this role at the Dutch National Opera and this season she will once again join the Residentie Orkest in concert for a piece by Louis Andriessen and perform at the Theater Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin with the Babylon Orchestra in a contemporary Farsi programme.