Soprano Francesca Lionetta is passionate about her work onstage as a performing artist and offstage as an educator. Her performance highlights include operatic, oratorio, and concert work. Previously, Francesca performed the roles of Grasshopper and Innkeeper in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen at Bard, Lizzie in Polly Pen and Peg Harmon’s Goblin Market at Eastman, and Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at Eastman. Her opera scene work includes Susanna in scenes from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Mireille in a scene from Gounod’s Mireille at Bard. She appeared as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with The Orchestra Now; in Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum with Eastman School Symphony Orchestra; and in Bach’s Cantata 130 in Eastman’s Bach Cantata Series.
Francesca's off-stage experience includes roles in arts administration and opera education. Following internships at Sarasota Youth Opera and at Eastman Opera Theatre, in June 2020, she founded What is Opera, Anyway, a non-profit opera education program. In fall 2020 she designed and executed their first virtual after-school program and in spring 2021 she assisted in launching their podcast. She is currently working with the What is Opera, Anyway? team to design new programming for 2022 and beyond.
Francesca is a graduate of Eastman School of Music where she holds a BM in Voice Performance and a certificate from Eastman's Arts Leadership Program. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program. A teacher herself, Francesca maintains a studio of singers from age 10 to adult. For more visit francescalionetta.com