Described as “sunny”, “supple” and “soaring,” Carley DeFranco is an adventurous soprano known for her committed dramatic portrayals. Carley has sung more than 60 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, Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day and Angelo in the staged recording of La Resurrezione. 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. Her 2021-22 season brings more cantatas, the Bach 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), and Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra (Gounod’s Messe Solenelle, Saint Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, Schubert’s Mass in Eb Major).
Carley’s operatic credits include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Boston Opera Collaborative and Greater Worcester Opera, Lucy Lockit (The Beggar’s Opera) with Emmanuel Music, 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.
Carley was the 2018-19 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow with Emmanuel Music and a 2019 Fellow with American Bach Soloists. www.carleydefranco.com