Adventurous soprano Carley DeFranco is known for her “sunny, warm, supple soprano” and “heart-rending” stage-presence. Recent opera credits include Lucy Lockit in The Beggar's Opera (Emmanuel Music), The Rose in The Little Prince (NEMPAC Opera Project), the title role in Alcina (Opera del West), Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (Greater Worcester Opera), Yvette in La Rondine: Remix (Boston Opera Collaborative) and four consecutive years of world premieres in BOC’s annual sold-out presentations of Opera Bites.
2019-20 performances include BachFest Leipzig with Emmanuel Music, one performance of the monumental Mass in B Minor and weekly appearances in the Bach Cantata Series (Emmanuel Music), reprising an original role with Boston Opera Collaborative in Always by Jonathan Bailey Holland, and more.
2018-19 performances included her solo debut with American Bach Soloists (Trauerode, BWV 198 and Mass in B Minor), Mozart's Requiem with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, an Emmanuel Music performance of Bach (Easter Oratorio) and Harbison (Supper at Emmaus and Abraham) and Beyond The Guarded Gate, a benefit recital with Emily Harmon, mezzo that celebrates living American women composers Juliana Hall, Lori Laitman and Marti Epstein to raise funds for the Joyful Heart Foundation.
More 2018-19 performances include Zuniga in The Tragedy of Carmen (Opera Theatre Cape Cod), two U.S. premieres in Opera Bites (Boston Opera Collaborative), Gounod's St. Cecilia Mass (Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra), and a concert of George Chadwick songs and new compositions by MA composers (Middlesex Community College). Carley and Ben Schwendener, keyboards continue to explore the convergence of styles with natural musical elements in their unique improvisatory collaboration Lyric, having performed at Jordan Hall, The Democracy Center, The Taylor House and Fog x FLO on the Emerald Necklace
As Emmanuel Music’s 2018-19 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow, Carley was a soloist in Handel’s Ode to St. Cecilia, Lucy Lockit in Britten's The Beggar’s Opera and a frequent soloist in the weekly Bach cantata series at Emmanuel Church.
A skilled and nuanced performer of concert music, Carley has appeared extensively as a principal soloist for master works including Alexander’s Feast with the North Carolina Master Chorale, Mass in A Major, BWV 234 and Mozart's Mass in C Minor as a guest with her alma mater the American University, A Night at the Opera with the Providence Singers, the weekly Bach Cantata Series with Emmanuel Music, and Frauenliebe und Leben in an immersive staging with Boston Opera Collaborative, one of Boston Classical Review's top-ten performances of 2017. She has also appeared with Emerald City Opera, the Bach Sinfonia, Polymnia Choral Society, BACH Orchestra (Yekaterinburg), Vladimir Symphony Orchestra and the Madrigirls (Glasgow).
In demand for her performances of new music by American composers, Carley has given premieres up and down the East Coast at the Kennedy Center, New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Middlesex Community College, Longy School of Music and American University.
Carley has a great passion for teaching. Her endeavors include founding the Side by Side Chorus at the Longy School of Music of Bard College and the Choruses as YoFES in Hyde Park. She was formerly a teaching artist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Now, she teaches voice and piano out of her home in Somerville and at LB Music School in Wakefield. Carley has been the Concert and Outreach Coordinator with Boston Opera Collaborative since 2016, instituting their annual concert series curated by roster artists and establishing lasting partnerships with local businesses and arts advocates.