Nigerian-American soprano Francesca Chiejina is a recent graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where her roles included Countess Ceprano Rigoletto, Lady-in-Waiting Macbeth, the Voice from Heaven Don Carlo, and Ines Il trovatore. She also sang Micaela La tragèdie de Carmen at Wilton’s Music Hall and Melantho/Love The Return of Ulysses at the Roundhouse and the soprano solos in Gorecki’s Third Symphony for the world premiere of a new work by renowned choreographer Crystal Pite for The Royal Ballet, and covered Ifigenia Oreste, Antonia Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Giannetta L’elisir d’amore, and Arbate Midridate, re di Ponto.
In the 2020-21 season she sings Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw for OperaGlass Works, Freia Das Rheingold for Birmingham Opera Company and Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress for Blackheath Halls Opera.
She also sings Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall and Schubert’s Winterreise in recital at Blackheath Halls. Recent highlights include her debut with Capella Cracoviensis as Aldimira Sigismondo and her house and role debut as Clara Porgy and Bess at Grange Park Opera.
Other recent performances include her debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (Serena Porgy and Bess), Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music at the Last Night of the BBC Proms, CioCio San Madama Butterfly (scenes) at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Berta Il barbiere di Siviglia, Countess Le nozze di Figaro (scenes) and Alice Falstaff (scenes), all at the University of Michigan.
Chiejina has participated in masterclasses with Martin Katz, Kamal Khan, Gianna Rolandi, Joyce DiDonato, Brigitte Fassbänder, Edith Wiens and Felicity Lott. Competition successes include reaching the finals of the inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup in 2018, the semi-finals in the National Mozart Competition and winning the GSMD English Song Prize, the GSMD Aria Prize, as well as second prize in the Classical Singer Competition. She was also a finalist in the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. She has received Loveday, Marianne Falke, Maurice H and Evangeline L Dumesnil, George Shirley Voice and Willis-Patterson Scholarships.
Chiejina previously studied at the University of Michigan with Martha Sheil and James Paterson, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Sue McCulloch.