American mezzo-soprano Francesca Aguado has been praised for her solid mezzo sound and excellent support (Opera Britannia) and for her voice’s confident precision and articulation (The Washington Post). DCMetroTheatreArts said of her Musetta that she “truly commanded the center of attention in her scenes…” Her debut as Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana) with Miami Lyric Opera was described as an “excellent and well-nuanced” performance (translated from el Nuevo Herald). For the majority of the 2018 season she was a Benenson Young Artist with Palm Beach Opera; there she performed the Baroness and covered the Old Lady (both in Candide), covered Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro) and sang Marcellina in an abridged english version of the same. For the 2018/2019 Ms Aguado will be featured in several recitals, and finishes the season with BelCantanti Opera, making her debuts as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice).
Other past credits include: Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Carmen (Carmen); Suzuki (Madama Butterfly); Ariodante (Ariodante); Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors); Ma Joad (suite version of The Grapes of Wrath, accompanied by composer Ricky Ian Gordon); Dorabella (Così fan tutte); Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti); Maurya (Riders to the Sea); Sesto (Giulio Cesare); Marthe (Faust); the Duchess (The Gondoliers); and Captain Frands von Frauenliebe (The Beautiful Bridegroom, presented at the 2009 National Opera Association Conference). Ms. Aguado also originated the role of Veronica in Fallen Angels, which was presented at the 2012 D.C. Fringe Festival.
Ms. Aguado holds a Master's degree in vocal performance from Towson University and a Bachelor's degree in music from the University of Maryland. In addition to an active performance schedule, she maintains voice studios with several institutions in the Maryland area.
Since 2015 Ms Aguado has devoted time towards helping young artists, not only in field of higher education but also as an arts administrator. She has worked with several up and coming organizations including the Mediterranean Opera Studio, overseeing its first year presenting three fully staged productions with orchestra and was the Director of Administration for Bel Canto in Tuscany, helping oversee its growth and development during its early stages. She is thrilled to join the Vienna Summer Music Festival and continue to assist young artists and administrators in their career development.
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