The Dutch-Iranian soprano Lilian Farahani studied at the conservatories of The Hague (bachelor cum laude with distinction) and Amsterdam - master cum laude at the Dutch National Opera Academy.
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 (Humperdinck's "Hänsel und Gretel"), Carolina in Donizetti's "Il matrimonio segreto", Musetta in "La bohème" and Frasquita in "Carmen".
In recent years, Lilian has not only sung on the major Dutch stages and with companies such as the Dutch National Opera, the Nederlandse Reisopera, Opera Zuid and Holland Opera, but also in the theaters of Nancy, Bern, Essen, the Festival van Aix-en- Provence and the Internationale Maifestspiele Wiesbaden. In July 2021 she will sing in the premiere of Kaija Saariaho's "Innocence" at the Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence. For the 2021/2022 season, roles are scheduled for both Dutch National Opera and the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen.
Besides opera, operetta and the classical song repertoire, Lilian has a lot of affinity with contemporary compositions: she sang leading roles in 'Anne en Zef' by Monique Krüs, 'Death Knocks' (Christian Jost) and 'A hellish comedy' by Michael Sturminger at the National Theater . In the spring of 2019 her debut CD "Woman - the making of ..." was released with works by the American Jake Heggie in collaboration with pianist Maurice Lammerts van Bueren.