Bio

Soprano Juliana Franco has been hailed by critics for her "beautiful and pure singing quality." Born in Brazil, she has appeared as soloist with the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra, Saint Barthelemy Music Festival Orchestra, and the Brazilian National Symphony Orchestra among others. Operatic roles include Musetta in La Boheme, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxus, Rosina in Barber of Seville, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Poppea in L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Costanza in Griselda, Madame Silberklang in Der Schauspieldirektor, and Gretel in Hansel und Gretel, Frasquita in Carmen and Aphrodite in the world première of the opera Phaedra and Hippolitus, by C. Park. In the symphonic repertoire, Ms. Franco appeared as soloist in works such as Symphony nº9, Beethoven, Messiah, Handel, Gloria, Vivaldi and Magnificat, by Bach.

 

For the last five years Ms. Franco premiered adaptations for soprano, baritone and orchestra of the Arca de Noé a song cycle originally written for popular instruments and singers, Saltimbancos, and Balão Mágico, a children’s musical, and O Magico de Oz (Wizard of Oz) for narrator, soprano and baritone. These unique projects were recorded in CD and recently released in stores in Brazil and are available worldwide in online stores. All projects were written and arranged especially for Ms. Franco’s voice and recorded under maestro Felipe Prazeres’ baton with the Orquestra Petrobras Sinfônica.  Saltimbancos Sinfônico  was awarded "best cd of the year 2017 in the Prêmio da Música Brasileira" children's musical category.

 

In November 2017, Ms. Franco premiered the work Ouvir Estrelas, by Robert Paterson at the National Sawdust. 

 

In 2018, she sang the role of Maria inWest Side Story, in a concert version,  with the Orquestra of the Rio International Cello Encounter, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Along her work in the classical universe, Ms. Franco lends her voice to the Brazilian version of cartoons and movie characters to many leading studios. Her most famous works are: Anastasia (Anastasia) by Fox, Ace Age 4 (Shira), the Nightmare Before Christmas (Shock), and Frozen (Trolls).

 

Ms. Franco was a guest voice professor at the University Federal do Rio de Janeiro from 2012- 2014. 

 

Ms. Franco has a Doctorate on Voice Pedagody and Masters in Opera Performance from the University of Maryland. Inspired by her roots, professional experience and beautiful Brazilian repertoire, she dedicates her research to the topic of singing in Brazilian Portuguese and applied pedagogy.  Her dissertation is titled "Singing in Brazilian Portuguese: an introductory guide to  IPA, diction, and repertoire".  The main goal is the make the language and art song more accessible to both non-native and native speakers.  For more information, use the contact link.