Described as “sunny”, “supple” and “soaring,” Carley DeFranco is an adventurous soprano known for her committed dramatic portrayals. Carley has sung 70 cantatas with Emmanuel Music in their weekly Bach Cantata Series as well as the Mass in B Minor, St. Matthew Passion, St. Mark Passion, Easter Oratorio, John Harbison’s Supper at Emmaus, Abraham, and Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day. She was Angelo in the staged recording of La Resurrezione and Lucy Lockit in Britten's The Beggar’s Opera. Her solo cantata highlights from Emmanuel Music include Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! BWV 51, Selig ist der Mann BWV 57, and Ach Gott wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 58. The 2021-22 season brings more cantatas, the Magnificat and St. John Passion.
An avid concert soloist, Carley has performed with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra (Mozart’s Requiem), North Carolina Master Chorale (Handel’s Alexander’s Feast), American Bach Soloists Academy (Laß, Fürstin, laß noch einen Strahl, BWV 198), Providence Singers (A Night at the Opera, arias and scenes) and Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra (Gounod’s Messe Solenelle, Saint Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, Schubert’s Mass in Eb Major). Her 2021-22 season brings her débuts with the Handel and Haydn Society and True Concord Voices and Orchestra.
Carley’s operatic credits include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Boston Opera Collaborative and Greater Worcester Opera, The Rose (The Little Prince) with NEMPAC Opera Project, the title role in Alcina with Opera del West, Yvette (La Rondine) with Boston Opera Collaborative, and many world premieres in Boston Opera Collaborative’s critically-acclaimed annual festival of ten-minute operas: Opera Bites. In the 2021-22 season, Carley débuts with the Boston Lyric Opera chorus in Cavalleria Rusticana and Champion: an opera in jazz by Terence Blanchard.
Carley was the 2018-19 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow with Emmanuel Music and a 2019 Fellow with American Bach Soloists. www.carleydefranco.com