First Nigerian Opera Soprano to Ever Perform at Carnegie Hall, US
27-year-old Francesca Chiejina (a.k.a. Franny) is the first Nigerian soprano to ever perform at Carnegie Hall, USA.
There was a time when opera was little more than an European art form. That is not longer our time.
Today opera is truly a global art, with some of the world’s most famed artists not only coming from Europe and North America, but also South America Asia, Australia, and Africa. Africa is of particular note, boasting a number of artists that have established themselves in the opera world.One of those on her way to doing just that is Nigeria’s own Francesca Chiejina who actually kicked off her musical interests by playing the violin and piano at the MUSON Centre in Lagos. Her career took her to study at the University of Michigan, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She made history by becoming the first Nigerian soprano to ever perform at Carnegie Hall in April 2018 and is finishing up her tenure at the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in London.
Born in Lagos, Francesca grew up in the Midwestern US state of Michigan. The eldest among her three siblings, she is the odd one out as the only musician in the family.
She owes so much of these fond memories and her lustrous career to her dad, Anthony Chiejina who is at the top of the Dangote Group’s corporate communications department’s pecking order, had enrolled his four children (two boys and two girls) for violin and piano lessons at the MUSON Centre in Onikan, Lagos.