Frances Coppola studied singing and piano at the Royal College of Music, where she completed a London Bachelor of Music degree followed by a year's postgraduate operatic studies. On leaving the RCM she continued her studies with Angela Jenkins, John Noble and Federico Davia, and more recently with Anthony Hocking. She holds the ARCM diploma in Singing Performance, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Frances performs a wide range of oratorios and sacred music as mezzo-soprano soloist with amateur choirs. Performances have included Handel's Messiah, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater, Vaughan Williams' Five Tudor Portraits, the Requiems of Verdi, Mozart and Durufle, Haydn's Maria Theresia Mass and Nelson Mass, Vivaldi's Gloria, Bach's St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, Mendelssohn's Elijah, John Rutter's Feel the Spirit (a setting of negro spirituals for mezzo-soprano and chorus), and Bononcini's little-known setting of the Stabat Mater. She has sung with a number of professional choirs and is currently a member of the BBC Singers' Ad Hoc panel.
Frances has taken part in numerous operas, operatic workshops and semi-staged concert performances. Her roles have included Tisbe in Rossini's La Cenerentola, Laura in Ponchielli's La Gioconda, the Sorceress in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Lola in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, 2nd and 3d Ladies in Mozart's Magic Flute, and Marcellina in Mozart's Marriage ofFigaro. With the Blackheath Opera Course and Island Music she has also studied and performed excerpts from the roles of Oktavian, Dorabella, Santuzza, Maria Stuarda and Charlotte, and with London Opera Vocal she has tackled dramatic mezzo-soprano roles including the Secretary in Menotti's The Consul, Mrs Herring in Britten's Albert Herring and Mme Croissy in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites.
Frances is an experienced recitalist, performing a wide range of music from opera and lieder to show songs and folk music. She particularly enjoys singing Elgar's Sea Pictures, songs by Duparc, Richard Strauss and Brahms, the WesendonckLieder by Wagner, and Mahler's song cycle Kindertotenlieder.
Frances has an extensive private teaching practice ranging from complete beginners to young professionals. Services offered include vocal technique across a range of singing styles, interpretation of songs, presentation skills for singers and remedial tuition for damaged voices. In addition to her private practice, she is a licensed teacher with Medway and Kent County councils and teaches singing at an number of schools in Kent and Medway. She is a member of the British Voice Association.