Lionel Friend

Friend, Lionel 



“Lionel Friend finds the fine balance between precision and passion”          

(The Financial Times)





An acclaimed figure in both the opera house and on the concert platform, in recent seasons Lionel Friend has made debuts with the Royal Danish Opera and Polish National Opera conducting THE DEVILS OF LOUDUN by Penerecki, returning to Copenhagen in 2014 for Gershwin’s PORGY AND BESS and to Warsaw for the Polish premiere of André Tchaikowsky’s THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, an opera that received its UK premiere under his baton in a production by Welsh National Opera in 2016 and will also be featured at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2017.

Applauded in Budapest for a concert of contemporary Hungarian orchestral works and in Norway for a programme of Berg, Webern and Zemlinksy as well as for a concert performance of DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER with the London Lyric Opera and the Royal Philharmonic in London, his current orchestral repertoire ranges from Haydn and Weber to Messiaen, Lutoslawski and Britten.

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Lionel Friend: Rigoletto – Act 2    Duca Scene    Theater Bonn


Lionel Friend:  Götterdämmerung – Scene 2    Dawn and Vorspiel
West Australian Symphony Orchestra


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Robert Gilder
Managing Director

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