“The appeal of Aspromonte’s art lies not just in the wonderful vocal colors that she can generate, but in the voice’s flexibility, and in the detailed attention she gives to her phrasing, which is full of nuanced inflections and subtel ornamentations, underpinned by clear articulation”
Francesca Aspromonte rapidly established herself as one of the most interesting sopranos in the baroque and classical repertoire. After her studies in piano and harpsichord, she completed her opera singing studies with distinction at the Mozarteum Salzburg under the guidance of Boris Bakow. She has been one of Renata Scotto’s students at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Francesca has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Teatro La Fenice, Theatre de Champs Elysees, Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Zaryadye Hall, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, Wiener Musikverein, Theatre an der Wien, Wiener Konzerthaus, Fundaçao Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Teatro Real de Madrid.
She sang with renowned conductors such as Zubin Metha John Eliot Gardiner, Ivor Bolton, Christophe Rousset, Diego Fasolis, Ottavio Dantone, Giovanni Antonini, Maxim Emelyanichev, Enrico Onofri, Leonardo García Alarcón, Raphaël Pichon, Stefano Montanari, Alessandro Quarta, Gustavo Gimeno.
Among her past engagements, it’s worth mentioning: the title role in Cavalli’s Erismena at the Festival d’Aix en Provence; the title role in Hasse’s Semele at the Innsbrucker Festwochen; Almirena in Rinaldo with Accademia Bizantina; Euridice in Luigi Rossi’s L’Orfeo with Pygmalion; the title role in Caldara’s Dafne in Teatro la Fenice; Deidamia in Corselli’s Achille in Sciro at Teatro Real de Madrid with Ivor Bolton; Angelica in Vivaldi’s Orlando furioso at Teatro La Fenice; La Musica and Messaggiera in Monteverdi’s Orfeo at the 2015 BBC Proms; the title role in Caldara’s La Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo in Prague with Collegium 1704; the title role in Porpora’s Iole at the Bremen Musikfest; the title role in Haendel's Acis&Galatea in Moscow, Marzelline in Beethoven's Fidelio with Zubin Metha in Florence, plus numerous recitals dedicated to sacred, operatic or chamber music repertoire.
Francesca recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony DHM, Alpha Classics, Christophorus, Harmonia Mundi, Ricercare, HDB Sonus.
She signed an exclusive recording engagement with Pentatone Music. Her debut album “Prologue” (a selection of 17th-century operatic prologues, from Monteverdi to Scarlatti) with Il Pomo d’oro ensemble and Enrico Onofri, has been worldwide critically acclaimed.
Released in November 2021, her second album for Pentatone "Maria&Maddalena" portrays the Two Maries through early 18th-century oratorios by Bononcini, Scarlatti, Haendel, Lulier, and others, together with violinist Boris Begelman and I Barocchisti under the baton of Diego Fasolis.
Since 2019 Francesca teaches interpretation of the Italian baroque repertoire at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.