The distinct warmth and silvery timbre of soprano Maureen Francis sets her apart from others within the field of singing. Known for her agility, sensitivity and acting ability, her repertoire spans opera, musical theater and oratorio.
This past season she sang with Opera Saratoga as Adina in their presentation of L’elisir d’amore and has appeared as Cunegonde in Candide with Fresno Grand Opera on a return engagement.
She made her Alice Tully Hall debut in the Fauré Requiem with Distinguished Concerts Int’l of New York; was Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Frenso Grand Opera; and visited Mumbai, India in concerts with the Symphony Orchestra of India in an all-Andrew Lloyd Webber concert.
She has been heard as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Omaha, Gilda in Rigoletto with Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Julie Jordan in Carousel with Shreveport Opera, Marianne in New Moon , Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia--a signature role which became a vehicle for her European debut at the Festival Lecco, Italy.
Concerts in past seasons include: Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in Philadelphia and Elijah with the Fairfax Chorale Society, VA.,
Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and Coronation Mass at Carnegie Hall, Handel’s Messiah in her debut at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.,
Handel Choir of Baltimore singing the Princess in Handel’s Hercules, a Bach concert with the Pro Arte Chorale of New Jersey, an operetta concert in Asheville, NC, Carmina Burana and the Duruflé Requiem with the Fairfax Chorale Society in Virginia and various concerts throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
In addition to a return engagement for her third consecutive season with Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Ms. Francis added the role of Musetta in La bohème to her repertoire.
Other roles performed in her repetoire include Oscar in Un ballo in maschera with Opera Bergen in Bergen, Norway, the title role in Cendrillon with Summer Opera, Washington, D.C. and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera.
Her debut role with the Los Angeles Opera came in a world première of Elliot Goldenthal’s opera Grendel singing the role of Dragonette, directed by Julie Taymor.
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Ms. Francis visited Mumbai, India in concerts with the Symphony Orchestra of India in an all-Andrew Lloyd Webber concert. She debuted with Fresno Opera as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance followed by a Dvořák Stabat Mater in Philadelphia. She made her Alice Tully Hall debut in the Fauré Requiem with Distinguished Concerts Int’l of New York and returned to Fresno Grand Opera for a reëngagement as Cunégonde in Candide for spring 2013. She sings Adina in L’elisir d’amore at Opera Saratoga in 2014.
"Maureen Francis was outstanding as Adina, with a soprano voice so powerful that the hall seemed too small, her high notes ringing over all the other voices with a commanding yet lovely tone." -- Priscilla McLean, Times Union, Saratoga Opera, L'elisir d'amore.
“Maureen Francis sparkled all evening as Susanna. A wonderful lyric soprano, she sang with a plush, supple voice that was creamy in its middle range and silvery in its top. As an actress, she was utterly convincing in creating a character of deep, forgiving love.” -- John Pitcher, Omaha World-Herald, Opera Omaha, Le nozze di Figaro.
“… Gilda is sensitively portrayed and sung with bell-like clarity by Maureen Francis. Her petite size conceals a rich and amazingly flexible voice: she definitely resembles a Broadway star more than the stereotypical Brünnhilde. She actually looks and sounds like the role Verdi created.” -- Chattanooga Times, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Rigoletto.