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Geoffrey Friedley

Tenor Geoffrey Friedley performs regularly throughout Idaho and beyond as a soloist in recital, oratorio, and opera. In February 2017, he sang Ben in Menotti’s The Telephone with soprano Diana Livingston-Friedley and pianist Mark Neiwirth at Pocatello’s Old Town Actors Studio. Upcoming projects include Franz Schubert’s Winterreise in Spring 2018 with pianist Kori Bond and Hugo Wolf’s Spanisches Liederbuch in Fall 2018 with soprano Livingston-Friedley and pianist Neiwirth.

In July 2016, he and guitarist Bill O’Brien presented songs by Joaquín Rodrigo and Heitor Villa-Lobos for the Summer Institute for Piano and Strings sponsored by the ISCS and the Idaho State University (ISU) School of Performing Arts. In April 2016, Friedley sang the role of the Israelitish Man in Handel's Judas Maccabaeus with Daniel Stern and the Boise Baroque Orchestra. In September 2015, he and pianist Neiwirth presented Francis Poulenc's Le travail du peintre (The Work of the Painter) at ISU. In July, with Livingston-Friedley and Neiwirth, he performed Hugo Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch for the Sunday Sounds at Six Series in McCall, ID.

Past performances include Elder Hayes in Floyd's Susannah (May 2013, Opera Idaho); Dr. Caius in Falstaff (April 2013, University of Utah); Little Bat and Elder Gleaton in Floyd's Susannah (May 2012, U of U); tenor solos in Herbert Howell's Hymnus Paradisi (February 2012, U of U), and Lucano and Valletto in Monteverdi's
incoronazione di Poppea (May 2011, U of U). Friedley also premiered Sprag, the hero of Julian Livingston's new opera Napa DeMonk, Queen of the Lost Waters of Mars at the Bloomington Playwright's Project in Bloomington, Indiana (August 2010).

Past oratorio performances include tenor arias in Bach’s St. John Passion with Daniel Stern and the Boise Baroque Orchestra, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with Scott Anderson and the Camerata Singers at Idaho State University, the title role in Handel’s Joshua with Boise Baroque, Handel’s Messiah with George Adams and the Idaho Falls Symphony, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Dick Brown and the Caritas Chorale of Sun Valley, The Shepherd in Ottorino Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity with the IF Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with Ted Kuchar and the Fresno Philharmonic, and Bach’s Magnificat in D with conductor Zvonimir Hacko, the LA Baroque Orchestra, and the St. Cecilia Society of Sacramento, CA.

Past recitals include performances of “saucy songs” by Henry Purcell and P.D.Q. Bach as well as the plainchant of Hildegard of Bingen with Utopia Early Music in Salt Lake City. Friedley has performed Hugo Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch across Southern Idaho with soprano Livingston-Friedley and pianist Neiwirth (October 2012) and at ISU and the U of U (March 2012) with pianist Jeffrey Price. Friedley and Livingston-Friedley performed selections from the American Songbook with pianist Camille Blackburn for A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, a touring exhibit of photographs celebrating David Lehman's book of the same name, hosted by ISU’s Eli Oboler Library (2011). Friedley portrays a raucous but loveable First Crapshooter on the Newport Classics CD of Lukas Foss’ The Jumping Frog (1997).

Friedley is an Adjunct Instructor in Music at Idaho State University. He holds degrees from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, and the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

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