Soprano Francis Valladares, an Arizona native, has been involved with music since she was 7 years old. She was exposed to piano and cello first, and shortly thereafter began taking voice lessons with Isola Jones, a former mezzo soprano with the Metropolitan Opera. In high school she was involved with the school’s symphony orchestra, and she played the cello for 10 years before switching her main focus to singing. She was accepted into the Vocal Performance program at Northern Arizona University with a scholarship, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. While studying there she was involved with the school’s opera company and had the pleasure of performing several supporting and leading roles in the company’s productions, including the soprano role in Handel’s “Messiah,” J.S. Bach’s soprano cantata “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen,” and the role of Zerbinetta in scenes from Richard Strauss’ Aridane auf Naxos. Her education as an opera singer also exposed her to several languages including French, German, and Italian, which she has an equal passion for.