Soprano Francesca Lionetta is passionate about performance and opera education. Her performance highlights include operatic, oratorio, and concert work, which capture her love for singing in different styles from Baroque to contemporary to cabaret. She is excited to participate in the Master Course at Oxford Song International this fall with collaborative pianist Amber Scherer.
Recently, Francesca participated in SongFest’s Professional Program, in Toronto Summer Music Festival’s Art of Song Fellowship Program, and in Source Song Festival, performing and premiering art song in several recitals and master classes. Previous performance highlights include include a recital exploring the language of flowers with Bat-Erdene Batbileg at Bard; Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben with Kayo Iwama as part of Bard’s Kurtág Festival; and she is//we are, a fundraiser for Hudson, NY non-profit Perfect Ten with Bard colleagues. Operatic highlights include Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at Eastman, and scenes as Ännchen in Der Freischütz, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and Mireille in Mireille at Bard. Her concert highlights include Handel’s Messiah (excerpts) with The Orchestra Now, and Bach’s “Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir” in Eastman’s Bach Cantata Series.
Francesca is the founder of What is Opera, Anyway?, a non-profit opera education program. Francesca is a graduate of Eastman School of Music and Bard College Conservatory’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program. A teacher herself, Francesca maintains a studio of singers from age 8 to adult. francescalionetta.com