About the Artist
Francesca Federico is a lyric coloratura soprano, born in Paris, France and based in New York City. Highlights of her 2018-19 season included her debut at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center with the Teatro Nuovo bel canto festival under the baton of Maestro Will Crutchfield, where she covered the role of Ninetta in Rossini’s La gazza ladra, and joined their production of Bellini’s La Straniera; a company debut with Bronx Opera, performing the role of Anna Gomez in Menotti’s The Consul, and being named the winner of a 2018 opera grant from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust.
She begins the 2019-20 season in concert with the Children’s Philharmonic of New Jersey, performing in an opera excerpts concert, and returns to sing Pamina in Die Zauberflöte later in the season. She also returns to Fresh Squeezed Opera to premiere Jillian Flexner’s opera, Self Defined Circuits, as “Voice 5” in 2020.
In the 2017-18 season, Francesca created the role of “Lyric Soprano/Naftalina” in the world premiere of Constantin Basica’s Knot an Opera!, with the Fresh Squeezed Opera Company. She was also the Soprano Soloist in the world premiere of Brad Balliett’s multidisciplinary opera The Universal Drum, and Artist Fellow with the Art Song Preservation Society Festival, specializing in French repertoire. Other recent roles include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni as a Principal Artist with the Utah Vocal Arts Festival, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with the German Vocal Arts Institute.
Ms. Federico received a Masters in Voice at the Mannes School of Music, and currently studies with Bonnie Hamilton. She completed her undergraduate studies at New York University, where she majored in Global Studies and completed and defended a thesis entitled “The Unmasking of the Female Opera Singer: A Globalized Artistry for the Sake of Progress.” As a visiting lecturer at NYU, she presents lectures to the undergraduate Global Studies class on opera history and globalization. She is accomplished in both standard and new music repertoires, and has demonstrated both competencies in her performances across the United States and Europe.