Acclaimed in classical operatic and concert roles, Greek-Canadian mezzo-soprano Frances Pappas is also interested in contemporary music and Greek folk music.
Until 2009 she was a member of the Nuremberg State Opera, where she sang all the major mezzo-soprano roles, enjoying particular success as Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande), Carmen, Charlotte (Werther), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) and Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann).
In 2010 Frances Pappas gained international recognition for her performances as Paulina in the world premiere of Alfons Karl Zwicker’s opera Der Tod und das Mädchen at the Hellerau Festspielhaus in Dresden. There followed invitations to appear in St. Gallen, Bielefeld and the Salzburg Landestheater, where she was acclaimed as Marie (Wozzeck), a role she repeated at the Stuttgart Opera. She returns regularly to the Salzburg Landestheater and in recent seasons has also returned to the Stuttgart Opera and performed at the Chemnitz Theatre. In 2016 she made her debut at the Schwetzingen Festival, the Mainz Staatstheater and the Salzburg Festival, where she took part in the world premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel.
As a recital artist, Frances Pappas has sung Brahms lieder in London’s Wigmore Hall, while continuing to work closely with the Düsseldorf Tonhalle, the Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the MDR Radio Chorus. She has also taken part in many concerts broadcast by Bavarian Radio.
Frances Pappas was named Kammersängerin by the Bavarian government in March 2008. She is a co-founder and member of the board of the Nuremberg International Chamber Music Festival, which was awarded the Culture Prize of the City of Nuremberg in 2007.
Current as of August 2017