Opera Singer in San Luis Obispo, California
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Puerto Rican soprano Alba Franco-Cancél continues to thrill audiences with her pure and silvery sound delivered with her magnetic stage presence in both operatic and concert appearances. Highlights of her 2016-2017 season include her debut in Los Angeles with Pacific Opera Project as Valencienne in the operetta The Merry Widow as well as her debut in the Bay Area as Barbarina with Livermore Valley Opera. Other roles from the season include the Queen of the Night from Mozart's Magic Flute and covering the role of Musetta with Opera San Luis Obispo where she currently serves as a Resident Artist.
In the 2015-2016 season Franco-Cancél seen as Frasquita in Carmen with Lawrence Opera Theatre, as Queen of the Night in Magic Flute and as Despina in Così Fan Tutte. In 2014 she was invited to join the Castleton Festival as a young artist performing under the baton of the late Maestro Lorin Maazel, there she was featured in several recitals, mainstage productions and featured in Voice of America News. Roles from the season includes Despina from Così Fan Tutte directed by John de los Santos and under the baton of Central City Opera's Music Director, John Baril; Queen of the Night with SEMO Opera as a guest artist; and La Fée from Massenet's Cendrillon.
Franco-Cancél has also excelled and brought life to many roles including Tytania in Midsummer's Night Dream, the title role in La Calisto, Gilda in Rigoletto, Musetta in La Bohème, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Monica in The Medium, Flora in Turn of the Screw, Elle in La Voix Humaine, and María in West Side Story among many others.
Recent awards include Semifinalist in the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition and Finalist in the American Prize Vocal Competition. Other awards include Illinois Opera Theater Enthusiasts Award; twice recipient of the Bella Voice Award from the Bel Canto Foundation in Chicago; Finalist in the Classical Singer's Competition; and the Public Choice Award from the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions.
Alba Franco-Cancél received a Doctoral degree in Voice from the Conservatory of Music of the University of Missouri under the guidance of world-renowned tenor Vinson Cole. She also holds a MM from the University of Illinois, and a BM from de Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. She is currently Opera San Luis Obispo 2016-2018 Reside<