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Francesca Chiejina

Francesca Chiejina


American soprano Francesca Chiejina is currently a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She previously studied at the University of Michigan with Martha Sheil and James Paterson, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Sue McCulloch.

Chiejina’s roles at the Royal Opera House this season include the Voice from Heaven Don Carlo and Ines Il trovatore, in addition to singing the soprano solos in Gorecki’s Third Symphony with the Royal Ballet for the world premiere of a new work by renowned choreographer Crystal Pite. She also covers Ifigenia Oreste (at Wilton’s Music Hall), Antonia Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Giannetta L’eLisir d’amore and Arbate Mitridate, re di Ponto.

Chiejina’s roles at the Royal Opera House in the 2017-18 season include Countess Ceprano Rigoletto and Lady-in-Waiting Macbeth. She also sings Micaela La Tragedie de Carmen (at Wilton’s Music Hall) and Melantho The Return of Ulysses (at the Roundhouse).

Performances elsewhere have included an appearance at the Last Night of the BBC Proms in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Cio-Cio San Madama Butterfly (scenes) at GSMD, and Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Berta Il barbiere di Siviglia, Countess Le nozze di Figaro (scenes) and Alice Falstaff (scenes), all at the University of Michigan.

Chiejina has participated in masterclasses with Martin Katz, Kamal Khan, Gianna Roland’, Joyce DiDonato, Brigitte Fassbander, Edith Wiens and Felicity Lott. Competition successes include reaching the semi-finals in the National Mozart Competition and winning the GSMD English Song Prize, the GSMD Aria Prize, as well as second prize in the Classical Singer Competition. She has received Loveday, Marianne Fake, Maurice H and Evangeline L Dumesnil, George Shirley Voice and Willis-Patterson Scholarships.

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