Francesca Lionetta


Francesca Lionetta attends the 2023 TSM Academy courtesy of the Jane Stephenson Fellowship.

Hometown: Andover, MA

Soprano Francesca Lionetta is passionate about performance and opera education. Her performance highlights include operatic, oratorio, and concert work, which capture her love for singing in different styles from Baroque to contemporary to cabaret.  This summer she will perform at SongFest in the Professional Program (June), at Toronto Summer Music Festival as an Art of Song Fellow (July), and at Source Song Festival (August).  

Previously, Francesca performed the roles of Grasshopper and Innkeeper in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen at Bard (2022), and Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at Eastman (2019), and in scenes as Ännchen in Der Freischütz (2022), Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (2022), and as Mireille in Mireille at Bard (2021). Her concert highlights include Kurtág’s Messages of the Late Miss R.V. Troussova (Part 1, 2023), Handel’s Messiah (excerpts) with The Orchestra Now (2021); Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum with Eastman School Symphony Orchestra (2019);  and Bach’s “Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir” in Eastman’s Bach Cantata Series (2020).  In recital, she collaborated with Kayo Iwama in Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben as part of Bard’s Kurtág Festival (2023); and with Bard colleagues in a fundraiser recital for Hudson, NY non-profit Perfect Ten entitled she is//we are (2022). 

Francesca is the founder of What is Opera, Anyway?, a non-profit opera education program. Francesca is a graduate of Eastman School of Music (BM, Arts Leadership 2020) and Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program (MM 2023). A teacher herself, Francesca maintains a studio of singers from age 8 to adult. francescalionetta.com