Bio: "Emmanuel contributed impeccable musicianship and masterful acting timing. Franco's charismatic personality connected strongly with the audience. His vocal production is faultless.”
- Opera News, January 2020
Mexican-Dutch baritone Emmanuel Franco has been celebrated as a young complete artist, with outstanding acting skills and a bright voice for Bel Canto repertoire.
Recently he made his debut at 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.
Since 2018, Emmanuel has been a recurrent artist at the Rossini in Wildbad Bel Canto Opera Festival in Germany, where he has performed in several productions, like as Il Barone Macacco in I Tre Gobbi, the Gran Sacerdote in Zelmira, Albertone in Romilda e Costanza, the Sergent Joli-Coeur in Le Philtre, Buralicchio in L’Equivoco Stravagante, Aliprando in Matilde di Shabran and Germano in La Scala di Seta.
He has collaborated with NAXOS Music Records for the recording of several opera titles during the festival, collaborating with conductors like Luciano Acocella, José Miguel Pérez-Sierra and Gianluigi Gelmetti.
In Pamplona, Spain, he performed as Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore with AGAO Fundación Baluarte, under the baton of Matteo Beltrami.
He made his German debut at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, performing Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro, with the Badische Staatskapelle orchestra, conducted by Joana Mallwitz.
Emmanuel was part of the Opera Studio from Opéra national du Rhin (OnR) in Strasbourg, France. Some highlights during his collaboration with OnR include his performances as Le Marchand Ambulant and the Dwarf Pic in Blanche-Neige, Der Zweiter Nazarener in Salome, Bruschino Padre in Il Signor Bruschino, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia by G. Paisiello and Le Fou in the new production of Cendrillon. He also performed as the Gran Sacerdote in Idomeneo (conducted by Sergio Alapont), Slook in La Cambiale di Matrimonio (conducted by Antonino Fogliani) and of the Deputati Fiamminghi in Robert Carsen’s new production of Don Carlo, under the baton of Daniele Callegari.
In Mexico, Emmanuel has performed as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia by G. Rossini, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Tijuana Opera Company, Don Parmenione in L’Ocassione fa il ladro and Germano in La Scala di Seta with ProOpera, and Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore with Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México.
Career highlights in the United States include his performances as Ping in Turandot and Manuel in La Vida Breve with West Bay Opera, and Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly with Livermore Valley Opera.
On concert and oratorio repertoire, Emmanuel his performances have included works like Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by G. Mahler, Carmina Burana by C. Orff, Requiem and Krönungsmesse by W. A. Mozart, and Misa Tango by Luis Bakalov.
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 one of the worldwide quarter finalists in the 2016 edition of Placido Domingo OPERALIA Competition, in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Upcoming engagements for his 2021/22 season include a collaboration with Finnish pianist/conductor Olli Mustonen, for the performance of his symphony "Taivaanvalot" at the Vriendenconcerten Zuiderkekrk Amsterdam. In December he will appear as a soloist at the Weihnachtsoratorium by J. S. Bach with the Strijklicht Orkest.
He will also perform as Don Quichotte in El Retablo de Maese Pedro with the Orchestre National de Lille, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Teatro Coccia, in Novara, and Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Fundación Prolírica de Antioquía, in Medellín, Colombia.