"Emmanuel contributed impeccable musicianship and masterful comic timing. Franco's charismatic personality connected strongly with the audience"
- Opera News, January 2020
Mexican baritone Emmanuel Franco has been celebrated as a young complete artist, with outstanding acting skills and a splendid bright voice.
Emmanuel recently made his debut at the 68th edition of Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland, as Mustafa in Adina by G. Rossini, and as Camillo in the world premier of La Cucina by Andrew Synnott.
Last season he made his second appearance as a guest artist in the 2019 edition of the Rossini in Wildbad Belcanto Opera Festival, performing this occasion in three different productions, as Aliprando in Matilde di Shabran, il Barone Macacco in I Tre Gobbi, and Albertone in Romilda e Costanza.
In Pamplona, Spain he performed as Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore with Fundación Baluarte and AGAO, with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, under the baton of Matteo Beltrami.
He also made his German debut at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, performing Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro, with the Badische Staatskapelle orchestra with Joana Mallwitz.
During 2018, he made his first appareance at the Rossini in Wildbad Belcanto Opera Festival, performing the roles of Buralicchio in L’Equivoco Stravagante with José Miguel Pérez-Sierra, and il Gran Sacerdote in Zelmira, under the baton of Maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti.
Between 2015-17, he was a resident artist at the Opera Studio from
Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg; were he performed roles such as
Le Marchand Ambulant and the Dwarf Pic in Blanche-Neige, Der Zweiter Nazarener in Salome, conducted by Maestro Constantin Trinks,
Bruschino Padre in Il Signor Bruschino, this last one with the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse.
As well, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Paisiello), Le Fou in the new production of Cendrillon directed by Marie-Eve Signeyrole, Il Gran Sacerdote in Idomeneo, conducted by Sergio Alapont.
Slook in La Cambiale di Matrimonio, conducted by Antonino Fogliani, and one of the Deputati Fiamminghi in the new Robert Carsen’s production of Don Carlo, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, under the baton of Daniele Callegari.
In Mexico, Emmanuel has performed as Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore,
Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini), and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Tijuana Opera Company, as well the roles of Don Parmenione in L’Ocassione fa il ladro, and Germano in La Scala di Seta with ProOpera.
Career highlights in America, include the roles of Ping in Turandot and Manuel in La Vida Breve with West Bay Opera, Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly with Livermore Valley Opera, Jupiter in Orphée aux enfers,
and the title role of Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra.
Concert highlights include works like Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, with the OFECH Philarmonic Orchestra, Carmina Burana with the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra conducted by Vance George, Misa Tango by Luis Bakalov, and Requiem and Coronation Mass by W. A. Mozart, with the Orquesta de Baja California.
Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Emmanuel received his Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and his Master’s degree in Opera Performance from the Dutch National Opera Academy.
Emmanuel was a member of the young artist program Domingo-Embil SIVAM (Sociedad Internacional de Valores de Arte mexicano) in Mexico City, and one of the worldwide quarter finalists in the 2016 edition of Placido Domingo OPERALIA Competition, in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Upcoming engagements in 2020 include Schaunard in La Boheme in China, a commemorative Opera Gala celebrating his 20 years of career at the Centro Cultural Tijuana, in Mexico, and his third appearance as guest artist at the 2020 edition of the Rossini in Wildbad Opera Festival as Jolicoeur in Le Philtre and Germano in La Scala di Seta.