Dr. Fran Coleman, coloratura soprano, holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. She has performed many roles including Musetta in “La Boheme,” Second Spirit, the First lady, and the Queen of the Night in “Die Zauberflüte,” Ida in “Die Fledermaus,” Madame Goldentrill in “The Impresario,” Mrs. Jenks in “The Tender Land,” Mrs. Fiorentino in “Street Scene,” and Giannetta in “L’elisir d’amour.” Most recently, Fran premiered the role Ipsama in a new opera, “La Rinuncia.
Fran is currently the choir director and soloist at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Florence, SC. She has also sung with the Richmond Symphony, Virginia Chorale, Virginia Opera, Aurora Opera, Capitol Opera Raleigh, The Washington Chorus, and the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center; the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and the Basilica of the National Shrine in DC for the AGO Convention.
In addition to her Classical singing abilities, Fran is also an accomplished composer and recording artist in both jazz and rock genres. She has toured the East Coast, opening for such national acts as The Derek Trucks Band, JGB, and The Wailers. She currently sings with a popular wedding band.
She is a founding assistant artistic director with Capitol Opera Richmond, and a deputy director with Classical Revolution RVA. Most recently, Fran accepted an academic position at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC where she is Assistant Professor of Music Industry and Director of Voice/Choral Program.
D.Mus.A., Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory
M.Mus., Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory
B.M., Music Education from Longwood University
B.M., Vocal Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University
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Performing Puccini’s “Turandot” April 2017
Performing Carl Maria von Weber's “Der Feischuetz” February 2017
Performed Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette” February 2016
Performed the role of Ipsama in “La Rinuncia/Missa Brevis” September 2015