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ABOUT FRANCESCA

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 OperaOpera Birmingham, and Seagle Festival. Well known for her versatility and stage presence,  Francesca made her professional debut as Gretel in Fort Worth Opera’s Children’s Opera Theatre production of  Hansel and Gretel.  Other notable operatic roles include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare in Egitto),  Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Norina (Don Pasquale), Nannetta (Falstaff), and Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica). This summer, Francesca made her role debut as Atalanta in Handel's Serse at Opera NEO. 

Equally comfortable in 21st-century repertoire, Francesca will perform White Snake  Projects’ 2021 production of  Let's Celebrate!, a program of four short original operas based on the composers' cultural  living holiday traditions as they are celebrated in the United States. She will also participate in a workshop of newly commissioned operas with Boston Opera Collaborative. 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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TO LEARN AND INSPIRE LOVE.

I believe that at our core, we all want to be fully seen and fully loved. Fostering compassion lies at the heart of my artistic purpose; it is the seed from which understanding, unity, and authentic love stem. In my personal life as well as my artistic life, I seek to brighten the dim spaces by bringing joy, hope, and a greater understanding of the human experience. Through each performance, I hope to inspire audiences to discover, ponder, and appreciate the complexity and beauty of their inner selves and the world around them. The arts open a window of perspective to us that allows us to engage with humanity in a new way. The stories we hear teach us to better walk with our neighbors. They encourage us to go deeper, to get vulnerable, to recognize that there is more than what meets the eye, and to strive for connection. It is through this communion that we will have the freedom to delight in the beauty within and around us. Through my art form, I am continuously learning to better love others whose journeys vary from my own. Delving into each character's worldview teaches me something new and surprising. I hope that sharing their stories opens hearts and minds to new concepts and relationships.