Born and raised in Minneapolis, Francesca is a versatile performer with professional stage experience and classical training in voice and violin.


A passionate performer of musical theatre and opera, Francesca has trained intensely in both styles. She participated in OperaWorks' Emerging Artist Program and coached with Broadway music director Rob Fisher at Audition! A Recipe for Musical Theatre Success summer institute. 


At Stanford University, Francesca is active in the music and theatre communities. She most recently starred as Christine in a sold-out run of The Phantom of the Opera and was twice awarded the Rita Taylor Vocal Prize by the Music Department. She also performed the title role in The Ballad of Baby Doe (opposite internationally-acclaimed baritone Eugene Brancoveanu) and was selected to perform in a master class with Tony Award-winning music director Ted Sperling. As a violinist, she served as concertmaster of both the Stanford Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras.


A devoted advocate of diversity in the arts, Francesca serves on the board of the Stanford Asian American Theater Project (founded in 1978 by David Henry Hwang). With AATP, Francesca made her Stanford theatrical debut as Desdemona Wong in a sold-out run of Lauren Yee's Ching Chong Chinaman. She also produced and performed in Congrats! You've Been Type(cast), a concert that explored typecasting and non-traditional casting in musical theatre. In 2015, she served as assistant to director Ed Iskandar for the National Asian American Theatre Company's world premiere of Charles Francis Chan Jr... in NYC (NY Times Critics Pick).


Francesca began her professional theatrical career at age 9 in the Guthrie Theater's A Christmas Carol, playing violin onstage as the Fiddler's Daughter.  In 2008, she played the title roles in both Madeline and the Gypsies at the Children's Theatre Company, and Walleye Kid: The Musical with Mu Performing Arts at the Ordway McKnight Theatre. Other credits include Young Evita in Evita with Theater Latté Da, and Gloria in Wait Until Dark with Bloomington Civic Theatre.

A frequent competitor in vocal contests, Francesca was most recently awarded 2nd place in the 2016 Schubert Club Competition (Division 1 Voice). She placed 1st place in both the local Bay Area and regional Cal-Western NATS competitions in 2015. She swept the the 2014 San Francisco/Bay Area NATS Competition, winning 1st place in all three divisions for which she was eligible (Aria, Art Song, and Musical Theater) as well as the Katherine Harvey Prize. Other first place honors include the Classical Singer High School Regional Competition, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Minnesota Auditions, and the Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition (High School Voice). As the winner of the Dakota Valley Symphony Rising Star Concerto/Aria Competition in 2012, Francesca performed in concert with the Dakota Valley Symphony, singing "The hours creep on apace" from Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore


Francesca is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in psychology with a minor in music at Stanford University. Away from music, theatre, and academics, she enjoys persuing fashion blogs, baking all types of sweet treats from cronuts to crème brûlée, and randomly quoting The Lord of the Rings.

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