Francesca Mehrotra
Praised for “clear, deft and nimble tone (Glens Falls Chronicle),” soprano Francesca Mehrotra begins the 2022-23 season at Central City Opera, covering Clara (Light in the Piazza) and singing Ida (Die Fledermaus). At Opera Colorado, she will cover Gilda and sing Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance, tour), and Juliet (Romeo & Juliet, tour). Previous roles include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Mukhtar Mai (Thumbprint), and Norina (Don Pasquale).
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Francesca Mehrotra

Indian-American soprano Francesca Mehrotra has been hailed as “a talented and warm actor and singer” with “clear, deft and nimble tone (Glens Falls Chronicle).” At a young age, Francesca found her home in the opera community while singing in the children’s chorus of Carmen at Wolf Trap Opera. Since then, she has conquered several leading roles at distinguished companies such as Fort Worth Opera, Opera Birmingham, Seagle Festival, and Opera NEO. In the 2022-2023 season, Francesca will be an Apprentice Artist at Central City Opera, where she will cover Clara in The Light in the Piazza and sing Ida in Die Fledermaus. In September, she will begin her yearlong residency at Opera Colorado, where she will cover Gilda and sing Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, as well as sing Gilda in the student matinee performance. Also at Opera Colorado, Francesca will sing Mabel in the touring production of Pirates of Penzance, Juliet in the touring production of Romeo & Juliet (Gounod), and Juliette in Die Tote Stadt. Other notable operatic roles include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), Norina (Don Pasquale), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Atalanta (Serse), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Nannetta (Falstaff), and Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica). Equally comfortable in 21st-century repertoire, Francesca will participate in a workshop of This is Not That Dawn, a new opera which tells the story of two women separated during the partition of India. Francesca made her role debut as Mukhtar Mai in a virtual production of Kamala Sankaram's Thumbprint at the Boston Conservatory. She sang in the original reading and workshop of Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire’s The Ghosts of Gatsby, where she sang Zelda '18, later reprising this role with Opera Birmingham at the New Works Forum through Opera America. Francesca continued collaborating with Mack on Regret and Redemption, a song cycle for soprano that she commissioned through Texas Christian University. Additionally, Francesca was selected to participate in Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers Festival, a new music initiative that showcases new operatic works, and was a two-time featured soloist in the Festival of American Song with Jake Heggie and John Corigliano. Francesca is a proud alumna of Seagle Festival’s Emerging Artist Program, which she attended for three summers. She holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the Boston Conservatory, where she was the inaugural recipient of the Robert C. Volante Scholarship and graduated summa cum laude. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication from Texas Christian University, where she was awarded the prestigious Chancellor Scholar Award and graduated summa cum laude.

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