Francine Vis, mezzo-soprano

Biography

Playing the violin and learning how to read music as a little child gave Francine an ear and musicality that feels at home in everything from baroque to quarter tone music. After her studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where she received her Master’s degree with distinction for musical talent and artistry, she moved to Copenhagen and to study at the Royal Danish Opera Academy, with professor Kirsten Buhl Møller, where she graduated in 2013. Here she got the opportunity to sing Flora in Verdi’s La Traviata and Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen. During her studies in Denmark, she sang the part of the Squirrel in Richard Ayres’ opera The Cricket Recovers, directed by Pierre Audi, for the Holland Festival 2011.

Among her recent and future engagements is opera Drømmedøden at Nordic Opera and Phébé in J.-B. Rameau’s opera Castor et Pollux at Den Ny Opera. Francine arranged the music for the children's opera Moddes Promenad, based on Moussorgsky's Pictures at an exhibition, and will be playing the role of Modde, premiering in Sweden in June 2022 with Gotlandsmusiken.

After her education she has jumped in several times as Cherubino at the Royal Danish Opera and she returned there as Pernille (Nielsen’s Maskarade 2016) and Cherubino (2017). Summer 2017 she had her Swedish debut with a leading role, Gwendolen, in The Importance of being Earnest (B Tommy Andersson) in Vadstena. In 2018 she sang and conducted a new music theatre production with a.o. music by Ligety at the Opera Forward Festival from the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam. Also in 2018 she had her role debut and house debut as Carmen with the Danish National Opera. In 2019 she sang a recital with Magnus Svensson at the Stockholm Konserthus and she made her house and role debut as Tisbe in Cenerentola at the Royal Swedish Opera.

In 2020 she sang Cherubino (Le nozze di Figero) in Danish with Den Ny Opera in Esbjerg. 2021 started with the Dormouse and the Cricket in the contemporary children's opera by Mathilde Wantenaar A song for the moon, with the Dutch National Opera.

In the field of contemporary music, Francine can be called a specialist. During many years she took part in avantgarde projects with Silbersee. She gracefully performs vocal acrobatics by a.o. Georges Aperghis, Luciano Berio, Giacinto Scelsi, John Cage and many living composers: experiencing the great joy and freedom of creating music for the first time at world premieres.

As a concert soloist Francine performs baroque, contemporary and romantic repertoire with a.o. Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Phil, Camerata Øresund, Asko Schönberg Ensemble and Orchestre de Chambre de Genève.

Francine won the 1st prize at the Copenhagen Lied-Duo Competition 2015 with pianist Christian Westergaard and the Händel Award and the Diorapthe Award for the best performance of a new composition by Willem Jeths at the International Vocal Competition 2014 at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Holland.

Francine can also be heard with Westergaard on a new cd box with Heise songs, released in February 2021.

www.francinevis.com

Calendar
Repertoire

Georges Bizet

CARMEN/Carmen
CARMEN/Mercedes

Benjamin Britten

THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA/Lucretia
A MIDSUMMERNIGHT'S DREAM/Hermia

Claude Debussy

PELLEAS ET MELISANDE/Mélisande

Charles Gounod

FAUST/Siebel
ROMEO ET JULIETTE/Stefano

Georg Friedrich Händel

GIULIO CESARE/Sesto
ARIODANTE/Ariodante
HERCULES/Dejanira

Engelbert Humperdinck

HÄNSEL UND GRETEL/Hänsel

Jules Massenet

WERTHER/Charlotte

Claudio Monteverdi

L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA/Amor
L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA/Ottavia

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO/Cherubino
COSI FAN TUTTE/Dorabella
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO/Sesto

Carl Nielsen

MASKARADE/Pernille

Francis Poulenc

LA VOIX HUMAINE/ The Woman

Giacomo Puccini

GIANNI SCHICCHI /La Ciesca

Henry Purcell

DIDO AND AENEAS/Dido

Maurice Ravel

L'HEURE ÉSPAGNOLE/Conception

Gioacchino Rossini

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA/Rosina

Igor Stravinsky

OEDIPUS REX/Jocaste

Ambroise Thomas

MIGNON/Mignon

Giuseppe Verdi

LA TRAVIATA/Flora

William Walton

THE BEAR/Popova
Concert repertoire

Johann Sebastian Bach

St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
Mass in B minor BWV 232
St. John Passion BWV 245
Weihnachtsoratorium

Gaetano Donizetti

Messa da Requiem

Antonin Dvorak

Stabat Mater

Georg Friedrich Händel

The Messiah, HVW 56

Franz Joseph Haydn

Nelson Mass

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mass in C minor, KV 427
Requiem KV 626

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Stabat Mater

Gioacchino Rossini

Petite Messe Solenelle
Stabat Mater

Igor Stravinsky

Cantata
Review
DONIZETTI'S REQUIEM with Copenhagen Phil
Jyllands-posten
The mezzo makes the frases shine like silver.
DONIZETTI'S REQUIEM with Copenhagen Phil
Politiken
With mezzo Francine Vis as a fascinating darktinted voice for the lightness in the melodies and with all five of them as real opera soloists with deap and serious expression.
THE MESSIAH with Mogens Dahl Kammerkor
Kristeligt Dagblad
The young dutch alto Francine Vis filled the church with a beautiful sound and clear diction, that revealed deep musicality and great empathic feeling. She clearly has a great career in front of her.
Press Service

Photo: Martin Paulsson

Photo: Martin Paulsson

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