The expressive beauty and powerful virility of internationally acclaimed baritone and Chicago-native, Franco Pomponi, has brought him to many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses and concert halls. He trained at the Juilliard Opera Center under Frank Corsaro and was awarded the prestigious DeRosa Prize. After, he joined the elite Lyric Opera of Chicago Young Artists Center.
His European debut came as Hamlet at the Liceu in Barcelona. That same season he created a sensation as Pentheus in The Bassarids of Henze at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris which brought him worldwide acclaim. Franco’s Chicago debut was as Germont in La Traviata with the Grant Park Symphony.
He has sung over 60 roles gracing the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, L.A. Opera, New York City Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Santa Fe Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Spoleto Festival, San Diego, Boston, Dallas, Bolshoi Moscow, Opernhaus Zürich, Grand Theatre Geneva, Lausanne, Opéra Comique, Royal Theatre Versailles, Montpellier, Opéra Nice, Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg, Tours, Vichy, Den Haag, Rotterdam, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Cagliari, Madrid, Greek National Opera, Hungarian State Opera, Budapest, Finnish National Opera, and many others. His Carnegie Hall debut was with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a soloist in the Eighth Symphony of Mahler and has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Orchestre du Paris, Orchestre Radio France, Qatar Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble, Orquesta Nacional de España.