At Grange Park Opera: Tosca (opening the new opera house), Fanciulla del West, Eugene Onegin, Samson & Delila and Peter Grimes.
Born Middlesbrough. Current & forthcoming engagements: Country Girls (Abbey, Dublin), Entführung (Monte Carlo), Fantasio (Garsington), Parade (Châtelet). Recent theatre: Tell-Tale Heart (NT), Patrick Barlow’s Messiah (Birmingham and The Other Palace), Richard III, Sive, King of the Castle (Druid, Galway), Waiting for Godot (Edinburgh Festival, US tour), Arabian Nights (Lyceum, Edinburgh), Private Lives (Gate, Dublin), What’s in a Name? (Birmingham). Recent musical / opera: Angela’s Ashes (Dublin), Figaro (Irish National Opera), Iolanthe (Biel, Switzerland), Magic Flute (Ekaterinburg, Russia), Turco in Italia (Garsington), Farnace, Waiting for Godot (Spoleto Festival, Charleston), Giovanni (Nederlandse Reisopera), Wedding Singer (Leicester / UK tour), Kiss Me Kate (Bonn).
Francis trained at Wimbledon School of Art. He has three Irish Times Awards, Boston Globe, Critics Circle Awards, nomination Pinocchio Germany’s Der Faust Prize.
Interests: Enthusiastic gardener, keeper of chickens; advice and cuttings welcome.