Francesca Chiejina


"...even though it’s virtually the first thing we hear, it’s hard to forget the radiance of Francesca Chiejina’s Clara when she delivers her peachy Summertime."

The Times

"Francesca Chiejina produced exquisitely shaped phrases and a luminous sound"

Opera Magazine

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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 Micaela La Tragèdie de Carmen, Melantho The Return of Ulysses, Countess Ceprano Rigoletto and Lady-in-Waiting Macbeth. She 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.

Highlights of the 2019-20 season include her debuts with Capella Cracoviensis and Longborough Festival Opera. She also sings Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw at Wilton's Music Hall. Recent highlights include her house and role debut as Clara Porgy and Bess (Grange Park Opera), a return to the BBC Proms with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and her debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (Serena Porgy and Bess).

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Clara, Porgy and Bess

Grange Park Opera, June 2019

Though there are no weak links in the cast, the revelation of the night is the Francesca Chiejina’s Clara, vocally luminous with superb diction (there are no surtitles), a wonderfully sympathetic stage presence.

David Gutman, The Stage, 11 June 2019

...even though it’s virtually the first thing we hear, it’s hard to forget the radiance of Francesca Chiejina’s Clara when she delivers her peachy Summertime.

Neil Fisher, The Times, 10 June 2019

...Francesca Chiejina's lyrically spellbinding Clara...

George Hall, Opera magazine, August 2019

Francesca Chiejina’s Clara gave us a heart-stoppingly effective “Summertime” at the start of the evening...

Matthew Rye, Backtrack, 10 June 2019

Some of the other characters are outstanding, in particular Francesca Chiejina (recently one of the Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House) as a touching and tender Clara, soaring through ‘Summertime’.

Jessica Duchen, The Arts Desk, 10 June 2019

Francesca Chiejina gives goosebump-inducing renditions of the opera's big number "Summertime" throughout.

Fiona Scott, BroadwayWorld, 9 June 2019

…the standard of singing is very high, with several principals really standing out. As Clara, Francesca Chiejina, a former Royal Opera Jette Parker Young Artist, sings ‘Summertime’ with a glistening radiance…

Sam Smith, musicOMH, 10 June 2019

Francesca Chiejina, a Nigerian American, as Clara, sings Summertime with real radiance.

David Mellor, The Daily Mail, 15 June 2019

Recent graduate of the Jette Parker ROH studio, Francesca Chiejina opens the show with a luminous toned "Summertime", the feeling of ease she captures showing off her vocal prowess. This, teamed with a beautiful stage presence, makes her one to watch—she could certainly hold her own in the title role.

Louise Lewis, British Theatre Guide, 8 June 2019

Francesca Chiejina launches the evening with a radiant “Summertime”...

Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 17 June 2019

Macbeth, Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / April 2018

Francesca Chiejina produced exquisitely shaped phrases and a luminous sound as the Lady-in-Waiting

Flora Willson, Opera Magazine

The Return of Ulysses, Royal Opera House at the Roundhouse

The Roundhouse, January 2018

The fluent bass of David Shipley (Antinous) and the pretty soprano of Francesca Chiejina (Melantho) gave special pleasure in an altogether well integrated cast, expertly supported by Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company’s chamber orchestra.

The Telegraph, January 2018

The discovery of the evening, and the another ‘significant impression’, was Francesca Chiejina’s simply delicious assumption of Melantho. A Jette Parker Artist, Chiejina acts brilliantly, has phenomenal stage presence, and a voice of gold; all were evident from her assumption of the part of Love at the very outset of the evening. Eminently believable at each and every juncture, always completely focused on the moment dramatically, she is set, I predict, to be a major voice in coming years. She also is blessed by not inconsiderable beauty.

Seen and Heard International, January 2018

Jette Parker Young Artist Francesca Chiejina was a vibrant, vocally lithe Melantho

Opera Today, January 2018

Penelope’s servant Melantho and her swain Eurymachus, enchantingly portrayed by Francesca Chiejina, a Jette Parker Young Artist very much on the up

Classical Source, January 2018

Francesca Chiejina as a vivacious, clear-voiced Melantho

Bachtrack, January 2018

Jette Parker Young Artist Programme’s wonderful young soprano Francesca Chiejina, so good in last summer’s showcase

The Arts Desk, January 2018

Micaela in La tragèdie de Carmen, Royal Opera at Wilton's Music Hall

Wilton's Music Hall, November 2017

Micaela’s passionate plea to Don Jose then plunges us into the heart of that sound world, all the more powerfully thanks to soprano Francesca Chiejina’s luminous sound.

Michael Church, The Independent, November 2017

Micaela's sentimental music shows Francesca Chiejina's gorgeously warm and fluently produced soprano to advantage, earning her the audience's biggest applause

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, November 2017

The most heartfelt singing comes from the Micaela of Francesca Chiejina, giving her all to the plot’s flimsiest character.

Geoff Brown, The Times, November 2017

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