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British-born Elspeth Franks is known for an unusually wide vocal range and engaging and characterful stage presence, and performs a wide array of operatic and concert roles throughout the mezzo, alto and soprano repertoires. Franks's European debut was in performances of Haydn's Harmoniemesse in Munich, Prague, Budapest and Vienna. Awarded a Virginia Best Adams Fellowship at the Carmel Bach Festival for the 2002 and 2003 season, Franks returned there in 2005 as featured soprano soloist. Franks debuted with Virginia Opera with the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York in the role of Commere (Four Saints in Three Acts). Vocal training has included scholarship study at England's prestigious Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) and as a Rotary International Foundation Scholar at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Franks currently is a cantor at St. Doninic's Catholic Church, and an Artist In Residence in the Vocal Program at School Of The Arts. Recdent engagements have included Purcell and Vivaldi solos with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
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vivalamusica - 22 Dec 2009
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