Frances is generously supported by a Bruce Millar/Gulliver Donation and the Scottish Opera Endowment Trust.
South African soprano Frances du Plessis completed the Cape Town Opera (CTO) Young Artist Programme in 2018, whilst simultaneously finishing her training at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where she received her MMus under the tutelage of Virginia Davids. Prior to receiving her MMus, she completed her BMus (with distinction), at UCT under the tutelage of Virginia Davids, Maestro Kamal Khan and Director Angelo Gobatto. Some of the operatic roles in which Frances was engaged during her training at both UCT and CTO include Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Gilda Rigoletto, Nimfa L’Orfeo, Laetitia The Old Maid and the Thief, Countess Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina Don Giovanni and Vrou (Woman) Anti-Laius. Frances’ previous engagements include Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder and Rosalinde Die Fledermaus. She has also taken part in notable competitions such as the University of South Africa International Singing Competition, the Afrikaans Language and Art Festival and the Shock Singing Competition. Frances has participated in masterclasses with David Gowland, David Cowan, Elaine Kidd, tenor Johann Botha and soprano Pretty Yende. In 2018, Frances has been engaged as Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte, Maria Stuarda (cover) Maria Stuarda, and as a soloist in Shostakovich’s Op 79.