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 as she strives to create a varied career that captures her love for singing in different styles from Baroque to contemporary to cabaret and musical theater. All of Francesca's current engagements can be found here.
Francesca’s recent operatic engagements include the roles Grasshopper and Innkeeper in Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen at Bard, Lizzie in Polly Pen and Peg Harmon’s Goblin Market at Eastman (canceled due to COVID-19), and Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at Eastman. Opera scene work includes the title role in the Act IV scene, “Ah! Parle encore”, from Gounod’s Mireille at Bard. Her concert highlights include appearing 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 “Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir”, BWV 130, in Eastman’s Bach Cantata Series.
Francesca's off-stage experience includes roles in arts administration and opera education. She has worked as co-and assistant-director of youth opera productions with the Treble Chorus of New England, as assistant stage manager for five productions with Eastman Opera Theatre, and for two summers she worked for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.
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. This program was a few weeks away from completion when the COVID-19 pandemic began.
In June 2020, she founded What is Opera, Anyway? a non-profit opera education program with a mission 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. In spring 2022 she launched their newest adult education program "Unexpected Journeys". 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 through the Institute for Music Leadership. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Bard College-Conservatory’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program. A teacher herself, Francesca also maintains a studio of singers from age 10 to adult.
Though her passions lie in singing, Francesca enjoys going for walks and drinking good coffee, and she does both every morning.