Brenden Friesen holds a master’s degree of music in opera performance from the University of Toronto. Opera Canada said of Brenden that he “captured audiences with his powerful resonance, exceptional diction, enormous comedic presence, and incredible interpretation of text”. Brenden’s most recent performances include his Opéra de Montréal debut as Count Ceprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto, and as Ernest Hemingway in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Canadian debut of Twenty-Seven (Atelier lyrique). His roles for the 2019-2020 year include Truffaldin in Ariadne auf Naxos (Highlands Opera Studio) and Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin (Opéra de Montréal).
Member of the Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal. Brenden Friesen is generously sponsored by Colleen and Mirko Wicha.