2020 Composer-in-Residence

Known for her “bold and bracing” (Baltimore Sun) opera writing, Frances Pollock’s music “pulls no punches and never flinches” (City Paper). Originally from North Carolina, Frances is inspired by a variety of artists including Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Francis Poulenc, Joni Mitchell, Missy Elliot, Stephen Sondheim, Jonathan Dove, and Billy Joel.

Frances’ first opera, Stinney, was workshopped in Baltimore in 2015, where it won a Johns Hopkins Diversity Grant and a Best of Baltimore award. It was presented again in workshop in the 2019 PROTOTYPE festival in New York City and will have its world premiere in 2021 with Greenville Light Opera Works in Greenville, SC. Frances has since written operas for Washington National Opera (What Gets Kept, librettist Vanessa Moody) and Lyric Opera of Chicago/Seattle Opera (Earth to Kenzie, librettist Jessica Murphy Moo). This coming season, Frances is writing music that will be premiered by Opera Omaha, Bel Cantanti Opera, and Chautauqua Opera Company. In addition, she is currently developing a cross-disciplinary piece called Salt, with librettist (and wife and best friend) Emily Roller, which will be presented in workshop at the 2020 YOST conference at Yale University.  


Frances is a founding member of the new music non-profit, Prima Volta. She holds a Bachelors of Music in theory and composition from Furman University and a Masters of Music in vocal performance from Peabody Conservatory. She is currently completing her doctorate in composition at Yale University. 

Learn more at FrancesPollock.com

Chautauqua Opera mainstage performances feature internationally acclaimed artists in principal roles. To request an audition or learn more about mainstage auditions for managed singers, the singer's agent/manager should contact Chautauqua Opera staff directly.

Chautauqua Opera mainstage performances feature internationally acclaimed artists in principal roles. To request an audition or learn more about mainstage auditions for managed singers, the singer's agent/manager should contact Chautauqua Opera staff directly.

Chautauqua Opera mainstage performances feature internationally acclaimed artists in principal roles. To request an audition or learn more about mainstage auditions for managed singers, the singer's agent/manager should contact Chautauqua Opera staff directly.

Founded in 1929, The Chautauqua Opera Company is North America's oldest continuously operating summer opera company and 4th oldest opera company after the Metropolitan Opera, Cincinnati Opera and San Francisco Opera. The Chautauqua Opera Company offers more than 30 operatic events each season, including: three mainstage productions, performed in the historic 1,300-seat Norton Hall and Chautauqua Institution's 4000-seat Amphitheater; concerts with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra; weekly artsong recitals; opera performances for young audiences; Young Artist open-mic nights; and Opera Invasions. Chautauqua Opera productions feature internationally recognized Guest Artists alongside emerging artists from Chautauqua Opera's Young Artist Program.