Mezzo-soprano Frances Pappas is of Greek-Canadian parentage. While pursuing a successful career as a classical opera and concert artist, she also finds time for contemporary music and Greek folk music. Her multifaceted activities have brought her into contact with such diverse artists as Dave Brubeck, Yehudi Menuhin, Mikis Theodorakis, William Kentridge, Amélie Niermeyer and film director Percy Adlon. Her operatic repertory features over 60 roles, including Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande), Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Bizet’s Carmen, Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) and Marie (Wozzeck).
Among the venues where Frances Pappas has performed are the Nuremberg State Theatre, the Salzburg Landestheater, the Stuttgart State Opera and the Schwetzingen Festival. She made her Salzburg Festival debut in 2016 in the world premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, returning in 2017 as Margret in William Kentridge’s production of Wozzeck.
On the concert platform Frances Pappas has sung with the Toronto, Barcelona and Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestras, the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse and the MDR Radio Chorus and MDR Symphony Orchestra. She has also given recitals in London’s Wigmore Hall, at the Munich Opera Festival and at the Düsseldorf Tonhalle. Many of her appearances have been broadcast, notably by Bavarian Radio, the BBC, Radio France and CBC Radio.
Frances Pappas has given the world premieres of a number of contemporary works, including ones by Manfred Trojahn, Alfons Karl Zwicker, Péter Eötvös, Luca Lombardi, Wilfried Hiller, Babette Koblenz and Stefan Hakenberg. In 2015 she took part in the world premiere of Hossam Mahmoud’s Tahrir at the Salzburg Landestheater.
For many years Frances Pappas has been committed not only to her own operatic and concert career but also to various community arts projects. The scheme that she co-founded in Salzburg, Bridging Arts, brings professional artists into contact with people from all social classes and allows them to share a stage together. In 2016 her services to the arts were recognized with the Salzburg Regional Award for Cultural Education.
In March 2008 Frances Pappas was named a Bavarian Kammersängerin.