Carley DeFranco


Described as “sunny”, “supple” and “soaring,” Boston-based soprano Carley DeFranco is known for her committed dramatic portrayals. A former Lorarine Hunt Liberman fellow, Carley frequently performs with Emmanuel Music, where she has performed nearly 100 Bach cantatas, the complete motets and major works, including as a soloist in St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Mass in B Minor, Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, La Resurrezione. Her favorite performances to date have been Britten’s Les Illuminations, a fully-staged collaboration with Emmauel Music, Shura Baryshnikov and four modern dances from Urbanity Dance.

Carley enjoys a varied career as a concert soloist and chorister. She has performed with Symphony New Hampshire, Lorelei Ensemble, Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Falmouth Chorale, Upper Valley Baroque, Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, VOCES 8, True Concord, Boston Baroque, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Monadnock Music, Aurora Ensemble, Music Worcester, Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus and Con Brio Choral Society. Her operatic credits include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Boston Opera Collaborative, The Rose (The Little Prince) with NEMPAC Opera Project, the title role in Alcina with Opera del West and many premieres in Boston Opera Collaborative’s critically-acclaimed festival of ten-minute operas: Opera Bites. As a member of the Boston Lyric Opera Chorus, Carley has performed Cavalleria Rusticana and Champion (Terence Blanchard).

Carley is Director of After School Music at Dexter Southfield, Voice Instructor with the Holden Voice Program at Harvard University, and teaches voice out of her home in Somerville, MA.