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Soprano Francesca Lionetta is passionate about her work onstage as a performing artist and offstage as an arts administrator and educator. Her performance highlights include operatic, oratorio, and concert work. Upcoming engagements include the roles of Grasshopper and Innkeeper in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen at Bard, and a concert with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Previously, Francesca performed the roles of Lizzie in Polly Pen and Peg Harmon’s Goblin Marketand Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice both at Eastman. She also appeared as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with The Orchestra Now; in Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum with Eastman School Symphony Orchestra; in Fanny Hensel’s Hiob with Eastman’s Repertory Singers; and in Bach’s Cantata 130 in Eastman’s Bach Cantata Series. 

Francesca was fortunate to grow up singing with The Treble Chorus of New England, a group which fostered her love of classical singing. Providing similar educational opportunities to others has become a cornerstone of her musical career. In Summer 2019, she worked as a Youth Education Intern at Sarasota Youth Opera. In the 2019-2020 academic year, she interned  with Eastman Opera Theatre, where she designed and executed a program that brought opera singers into elementary schools in the city of Rochester, New York (a project cancelled due to COVID-19).   

In June 2020, she founded What is Opera, Anyway? to continue the work she began before the pandemic. In fall 2020 she designed and executed their first virtual after-school program as teaching artist and director, and in spring 2021 she assisted in the launching of 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 master's in Bard College-Conservatory’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program. A teacher herself, Francesca also maintains a studio of singers from age 10 to adult.