Professor of Music, Voice
Russell Franks has enjoyed an international career both as a singer and director. He has performed to critical acclaim not only for his portrayals on the operatic stage but also for his interpretations of oratorio and song on the concert stage. He has sung over forty major operatic roles and performed in over a thousand concerts. Franks not only directs opera theatre at Stetson University but also designs and builds sets and costumes, choreographs, translates for supertitles and serves as technical director.
Most recently, Franks directed an international cast in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro under the auspices of Varna International, the State Opera of Stara Zagora and the Plovdiv State Opera at the Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv. In 2012 he sang the role of Simone in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi with Florida Opera Theater and sang the role of Amantio di Nicolau in a production he directed in Bulgaria which was paired with Suor Angelica. In February 2013 he directed Dvořák's Rusalka in DeLand and then traveled to Vienna in May to appear as baritone soloist in a series of performances of Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms. Franks sang the same in northern Italy to critical acclaim. Chiara Zocca of L'Arena hailed, "Russell Franks's (voice) proved to be intense and well calibrated: a baritone with a voice that runs with facility in each of his registers." The Vicenza Giornale noted, "Along with the two soloists, soprano Kandie Smith and baritone Russell Franks were vocally gifted and faced a challenging score with great subtlety of expression." Other directing credits with Opera Theatre of Stetson University include Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri, Mozart's Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte, Smetana's The Bartered Bride, Menotti's Christmas classic Amahl and the Night Visitors, the southeastern premiere of Handel's Berenice, regina d'Egitto, Puccini's Suor Angelicaand Gianni Schicchi and Le Nozze di Figaro.
- M.M., voice performance, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
- B.M., voice performance and church music, Stetson University
- Phone: 386-822-8952