Saskatchewan born bass-baritone Brenden Friesen has captured audiences with his powerful resonance, exceptional diction, enormous comedic presence, and incredible interpretation of text (Opera Canada). Brenden is a current member of l'Opéra de Montréal Atelier Lyrique and holds an MMus Opera degree from the University of Toronto, where he studied with Professor Lorna MacDonald.
Brenden recently made his debut with Opéra de Montréal in Verdi’s Rigoletto as Count Ceprano. Recent performances include the role of Colline in Saskatoon Opera's production of Puccini’s La bohème, as well as with Highlands Opera Studio in Haliburton Ontario. Brenden has undertaken such roles as Leporello and Il Commendatore in UofT Opera’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Masetto in Don Giovanni (Saskatoon Opera), Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Imeneo in Händel's Imeneo (UofT Opera), The Police Chief in the 2018 UofT Student Composer Project opera Vengeance, and Jupiter in Offenbach's Orphée aux enfers (UofT Opera) under the baton of sensational Canadian baritone Russell Braun during his UofT conducting debut.
Upcoming performances include Masetto and Il Commendatore in a concert version of Don Giovanni in Ottawa January 2019, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes in February 2019, and the role of Ernest Hemingway in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 in March 2019, as well as Blansac in an excerpt performance of Rossini’s La scala di seta in June 2019.