Described as “sunny”, “supple” and “soaring,” Carley DeFranco is an adventurous soprano known for her committed dramatic portrayals. She has sung more than 70 cantatas with Emmanuel Music in their weekly Bach Cantata Series as well as the Mass in B Minor, Magnificat, St. Matthew Passion, St. Mark Passion, Easter Oratorio, John Harbison’s Supper at Emmaus, Abraham, and Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day. Carley was Angelo in Emmanuel’s staged recording of La Resurrezione and Lucy Lockit in Britten's The Beggar’s Opera. Solo cantata highlights include Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! BWV 51, Selig ist der Mann BWV 57, Ach Gott wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 58 and Harbison’s Chorale Cantata.
2021-22 brings her solo débuts with Boston Cecilia (Our Transcendental Passion, Paul Rudoi), Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum (Monteverdi Vespers), Boston Art Song Society (new songs by Mason Bynes) and ensemble appearances with Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque and True Concord. An avid concert soloist, Carley has performed with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Master Chorale, Providence Singers and Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra.
Carley’s operatic credits include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Boston Opera Collaborative, The Rose (The Little Prince) with NEMPAC Opera Project, the title role in Alcina with Opera del West and many premieres in Boston Opera Collaborative’s critically-acclaimed festival of ten-minute operas: Opera Bites. This year, Carley joins the Boston Lyric Opera chorus for Cavalleria Rusticana and Champion (Terence Blanchard).
Carley was the 2018-19 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow with Emmanuel Music and a 2019 Fellow with American Bach Soloists. She’s originally from Rush, NY and now lives in Somerville, MA. www.carleydefranco.com