Australian tenor Hubert Francis is a former member of The Royal Opera’s Young Artists Programme. His roles for The Royal Opera since leaving the Programme have included Hunchback Brother (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Spoletta (Tosca), Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), Harlekin (Der Kaiser von Atlantis) and Trin (La fanciulla del West). In the 2014/15 Season he returns to sing Toby Higgins (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny).
Francis was born in New South Wales and worked for Quantas before embarking on a singing career, training at the Royal Northern College of Music and the London Centre for Theatrical Studies. His engagements include Herod (Salome) in Singapore and Adelaide, Drum Major (Wozzeck) in Paris, New York, Dortmund, Los Angeles, San Francisco, at the Royal Festival Hall and for Welsh National Opera, Shabby Peasant (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) in Toronto, Thibault (Les Vêpres siciliennes) in Amsterdam and Geneva, Terry Bond (Mason’s Playing Away) and Ferdinand (Karl V) at the Bregenz Festival, Vítek (The Makropulos Affair) in Helsinki and Goro (Madama Butterfly) and the Gamekeeper (Rusalka) in Geneva. .
Francis appears regularly in concert, in repertory including Beethoven’s Symphony no.9, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel
Hubert Francis as Hunchback Brother, Johan Reuter as Barak, Adrian Clarke as One-Eyed Brother and Jeremy White as One-Armed Brother in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014
Jeremy White as One-Armed Brother, Adrian Clarke as One-Eyed Brother, Hubert Francis as Hunchback Brother and Elena Pankratova as Barak's Wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014
Hubert Francis as Spoletta, Jha Uusitalo as Scarpia in Tosca © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2011