A Chicago native currently based in Los Angeles, Erik Friedman is making his HGO debut. Most recently he has directed this Komische Oper production of The Magic Flute at Israeli Opera, and has completed work on remounting Francisco Negrin’s Il trovatore at LA Opera. He will also direct this Magic Flute in March at Des Moines Metro Opera. Working frequently with LA Opera since 2015, Friedman has assisted on productions including The Ghosts of Versailles, Macbeth, Salome, La clemenza di Tito, Moby Dick, La bohème, Carmen, Roberto Devereux, Rigoletto, and Don Carlo. Over the past decade he has worked with opera companies and theaters across the United States, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, and Chicago Opera Theater, among others. Theatre projects include work with Steppenwolf Theatre and training with Actors Theatre of Louisville. Friedman also has worked extensively as an instructor for the young artist programs at multiple opera companies, including Santa Fe Opera, LA Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has also taught at Wheaton College, Indiana University, and North Park University. He holds graduate degrees in voice performance and theater directing from Indiana and DePaul Universities.