Driven and passionate soprano, Franchesca Henry, is eager to share her freedom of expression through the performing arts. Her curious nature and passion for voice, cultural diversity, and authentic connections fuels her growth in the performing arts. She has appeared in a wide range of performances throughout her young career. From Mozart’s, Die Zauberflöte, as Zweite Dame, Pamina, and Zweite Knabe to Washington D.C.’s Verizon stage with operatic tenor, Andrea Bocelli.
Born into a Bolivian family, Franchesca’s background is enriched with culture and customs of Bolivia. She has appeared in the Macy’s 86th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, making history of being the first Hispanic ensemble to perform in the infamous parade with Virginia based Bolivian dance ensemble, Alma Boliviana (2011). Franchesca is a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, VA) with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. Franchesca continues her education at Rutgers’s Mason Gross School of the Arts (New Brunswick, NJ) in pursuit of a Master of Music in Opera Performance. Since 2016, Franchesca has studied under the direction of renown lyric soprano, Dawn Kotoski Shicoff. She has worked with directors Neil Shicoff, Dorothy Danner, Byron Jones, Alan Hicks, and Nancy Gustafson.
Franchesca is an award winning musician. She was the winner of Shenandoah Conservatory’s Student Soloist Competition (2020). Franchesca has been awarded the Cecilia Bartoli Award for Vocal Excellence (Shenandoah Conservatory, 2020), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Duke Ellington Award for the Arts (2013) and the Outstanding Musician Award (Seneca Valley Choirs, 2015).
She has premiered a new role, Mary Henry, in a new-age opera, Carnival of Souls, written by Shenandoah Conservatory’s director of composition, Jonathan Newman in 2020.
She has been a featured soloist for Shenandoah’s Cantus Singers (2016-2020), Shenandoah Chorus (2016-2020) and Shenandoah’s sole A Capella group, Shenandoah Singers (2017-2020).