Francesca Placanica

Francesca Placanica studied opera and classical vocal repertoires with Laura Sarti, Nelly Miricioiou, Dale Dietert and Richard Wistreich, and opera acting with Italo Nunziata, Maria Luisa Bigai, Marciem Bazell, Hank Hammett; lately theatre acting techniques with Pamela Karantonis and Benjamin Spatz at the Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research at Huddersfield University. She won the International Solo Voice Competition Seghizzi (2007) in the Category “George Gershwin” and graduated from musical institutions from Italy, UK, USA. Theatre works include Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera, Witch in the world premiere of The History of Rapunzel by Simon Sargon, Ottavia in The Coronation of Poppea with the Meadows Opera Ensemble Dallas, Despina in Cosi fan tutte at Nuffield Theatre Southampton, Qen at Soho Theatre London in the musical Seventh Time Around (2011). She performs extensively as a chamber recitalist soloist in Europe (including Switzerland and UK), Canada, USA. A PhD holder from University of Southampton and a twentieth-century vocal performance scholar, she is currently an artistic research fellow at Maynooth University, where she is the Principal Investigator of her IRC funded “En-Gendering Monodrama: Artistic Research and Experimental Production” (2015–17. Her monodramatic productions, which she manages as producer and performer (La Voix humaine, Neither, Erwartung, Monodrama I), are due to tour Ireland and the UK in 2017 and 2018 as outputs of her project. For more information, please visit: