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Rising Iranian classical soprano Neda Lahidji is known and praised for her incredibly rich and flexible voice which allows her to sing in an array of genres including jazz, musical theatre, opera, sacred and popular. She touches the audiences’ heart with such deep emotion.
She has a love for teaching as well and runs her own private voice and piano studio.

Neda performed numerous roles during her time at Chapman University where she received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and a minor in Sociology. Throughout her time at Chapman, she spent a month in Rome performing Opera at the Operafestival di Roma summer program as well as being a section leader for high school students at Idyllwild Arts Academy. She was always very active in high school, having lead roles in the musicals. At age 16, she was accepted to The Vocal Academy for High School students at Oberlin Conservatory, and the following summer she was accepted to Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute  vocal program, one of the most prestigious and competitive high school programs in the country. Soon after graduating from college, she vocal directed the Wizard of Oz at Children’s Musical Theater of San Jose.

Neda is an alumna of OperaWorks Emerging Artist Program as well as Songfest. She was chosen among a select group known as “Schubert Fellows” and was awarded scholarship. Songfest is hosted by The Colburn School in Los Angeles.  Colburn is one of the top-rated music conservatories in the country.  She had the privilege to work with internationally acclaimed pianists, singers, and composers including: Graham Johnson, Rudolf Piernay, Sanford Sylvan, Susanne Mentzer, Jake Heggie, William Bolcom, Libby Larsen, Lucy Shelton, Gewn Detwiler, Audrey Luna, Craig Rutenberg, Lisa Saffer, John Musto, and Amy Burton- just to name a few!

The Kurt Weill Foundation awarded Neda the Emerging Artist Award from the Lotte Lenya Competition in 2014.

Neda is a recent graduate of NYU Steinhardt with her dual degree- Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance: Music Theater and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy. During her time there, she was Adjunct Professor of Voice and portrayed the role of Raffaela in NYU Steinhardt’s production of Grand Hotel. 

Check out Neda’s first music video!