Francesca Maria Molinaro, soprano, is a Pittsburgh-based performer and serves as the Adjunct Lecturer of Voice at Frostburg State University. She holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Youngstown State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Alderson Broaddus University. Ms. Molinaro has performed numerous opera roles and scenes including Lakmé from Lakmé, Laetitia from The Old Maid and the Thief, Olympia from The Tales of Hoffmann, Sophie from Werther, Königen der Nacht from Die Zauberflöte, Madame Goldentrill from The Impresario and The Fairy from Cendrillon.
During the summer of 2017, she performed in the Pittsburgh Festival Opera Young Artist Program where she covered the role of Atalanta from Handel’s Xerxes and performed in the ensemble. Other honors include winning YSU’s 2017 annual Young Artist Concerto Competition, performing as a soloist comprised of members of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, placing second at the 2014 Eastern Division MTNA Young Artist Competitions, and placing second in the Ohio NATS Advanced College/Independent Studio Women category.