Known for her incredibly rich and flexible voice, American-Iranian soprano Neda Lahidji is equally adept at singing in an array of genres, including: musical theatre, opera, jazz, and popular. In addition to performing, Neda loves teaching her Individual Voice and Sight-Singing classes at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She is the Owner and Founder of NL Vocal Studio in Los Angeles.
Neda is a graduate of New York University, having earned a Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance: Music Theater and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy. While at NYU, she was an Adjunct Professor of Voice and performed the role of Raffaela in their production of Grand Hotel. She was also seen as Niaz in Signature Theatre company’s production of Bystander.
Neda with Tony Award winner Victoria Clark
Neda was chosen by Victoria to sing one-on-one with her at New York City Center's Front and Center master class!
Neda as niaz in bystander
Neda portrayed Niaz in Signature Theatre Company's production of Bystander.
—Bystander won 'Best Music' at the NY Summer Festival (2017) and again at Soundbites 5.0 at Signature Theatre in NYC (2018).
Neda received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Chapman University, where she performed as the Second Spirit in The Magic Flute and also studied Marzelline in Fidelio and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro. During her time at Chapman, she spent a month in Rome performing in Die Fledermaus and Suor Angelica at the Operafestival di Roma and worked at the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Academy. Previously, she spent summers at Oberlin Conservatory and the Tanglewood Institute.
Upon completing her undergraduate studies, Neda was accepted into the OperaWorks Emerging Artist program as well as Songfest on a scholarship. In addition, she was Vocal Director of The Wizard of Oz at the Children's Musical Theater of San Jose (CMTSJ) as well as their Guest Instructor.
Neda has had the privilege of working with internationally acclaimed pianists, singers, and composers including: Graham Johnson, Rudolf Piernay, Sanford Sylvan, Susanne Mentzer, Jake Heggie, William Bolcom, Libby Larsen, Lucy Shelton, Gwen Detwiler, Audrey Luna, Craig Rutenberg, Lisa Saffer, John Musto, and Amy Burton. The Kurt Weill Foundation awarded Neda the Emerging Artist Award from the Lotte Lenya Competition in 2014.