Nigerian-American soprano Francesca Chiejina is a recent graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She studied at the University of Michigan and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and was a finalist in the inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup in 2018 and the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards.
In the 2021-22 season she makes her role debuts as Mimì La bohème and Melissa Amadigi for English Touring Opera, followed by further performances as Mimì La bohème at Nevill Holt Opera. She has also sung Berg’s Seven Early Songs with the Sinfonia of London at the BBC Proms, Mozart’s Requiem with Crouch End Festival Chorus, and Bach’s St John Passion with Huddersfield Choral Society.
Recent highlights include Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw (OperaGlass Works); the title role in English Touring Opera’s film of Ariadne by Elena Langer and Glyn Maxwell; Freia RhineGold (Birmingham Opera Company); Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress (Blackheath Halls Opera); Clara Porgy and Bess (Grange Park Opera); Aldimira Sigismondo (Capella Cracoviensis); Serena Porgy and Bess (Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal); Micaëla La tragèdie de Carmen (ROH/Wilton’s Music Hall); Melantho/Love The Return of Ulysses (ROH/Roundhouse); Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Northern Sinfonia; Handel’s Messiah with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall; Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music at the Last Night of the BBC Proms; and the soprano solos in Gorecki’s Third Symphony for the world premiere of a new work by Crystal Pite for The Royal Ballet.