Let's Celebrate Ms. Fran Richards' 90th Birthday!

Our dear patron, Fran will be 90 year young Wednesday, July 1st! We will have a virtual musicale from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, July 1st to celebrate her birthday together and ask her to share her fabulous career as an opera singer and more of her life!

Please sign up at the virtual musicale sign up sheet at Members Only page.


Here is her bio which was used for the concert two years ago performed by her former students who were famous opera singers now.

We come together to celebrate the extraordinary artistic career of soprano Francesca

Richards; one that has touched generations of singers and audiences. After dedicating

many years to performing the standard operatic repertoire, ultimately Fran found her

true calling in teaching, and has been doing so joy


fully for 38 years and counting.

Without question, her favorite role was Puccini’s ill-fated heroine, Floria Tosca. It also Russell, Klark, Christopher and Nicholas.

gave her great pleasure to sink her teeth into the dramatic demands of Mascagni’s

Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana. But it was singing Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème that

introduced her to her husband, baritone Paul Richards, sparking years of performing

and concertizing together. Those of us who were lucky enough to know him remember

his booming baritone and his wonderful rendition of They Call The Wind Maria. Fran

and Paul raised two children, Irene and Tony, both incredible artists in their own right,

and later were delighted to welcome the other loves of their life, their granchildren:

In 1980, Fran opened her private studio in Manhattan. Three years later she was

invited to join the faculty of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where she

served as a vocal instructor until 1995. Later that year, she and Paul relocated to the

Atlanta area. Within just a few years, her new private studio was humming along, and

thus began her second chapter of teaching that would impact an entire generation of

young singers in the Atlanta area. Francesca’s students lit up the music and theatre

departments of Centennial High School, Chattahoochee High School, Milton High

School,St.PiusX,andtheMaristSchool,tonameafew. Anactivememberofthe North Fulton

Music Teachers Association, Fran has long been an adjudicator on several competitions

supporting the advancement of young singers throughout the state. Her culture and

grace have also placed her at the heart of the Rivermont Women's Club, where she

served as President for four years. She continues to give back to the place she has called

home for over two decades, acting as a sponsor for the Georgia Musicale Group, a non-

profit organization producing concerts and providing masterclasses and workshops to

the greater Atlanta area for musicians of all ages.

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