Francesca Capetta is an Award-Winning Italian singer and actress based in New York City. She has appeared in theaters in Europe, China, Canada and New York (such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Town Hall). She has also appeared as soloist on ABC and performed in the Off-Broadway show written by Cynthia Von Buhler “Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic”. Capetta is among the youngest native Italian singers that have ever performed in a solo show at Carnegie Hall (second only to Tony Award Winner Soprano Anna Maria Alberghetti). The proceeds of her solo show "Broadway and Jazz" in Italy were donated to build a new pavilion at the Regina Margherita Hospital in Turin, Italy, to help children with long-term illnesses through the association Giglio Onlus.
Capetta was born in Turin and raised in Pino Torinese, Italy. She started to perform in professional shows as singer and actress at the age of 5 and starred at the Theater Colosseo in Turin at the age of 13. Capetta studied Italian Voice Techniques in Turin, Milan and Rome and attended the private Classical High School Collegio San Giuseppe in Turin studying Ancient Greek and Latin. She then graduated at the Music Academy of Mogol and at the same time completed a BS in Economics at the University of Turin in 2012. Capetta moved to the U.S. in 2013 after winning a scholarship at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
After graduating from AMDA, she has been chosen as one of the most outstanding Musical Theater graduates in the State of New York, leading her to perform in the concert “Broadway Rising Stars” at the Town Hall. The 2015 Rising Stars was directed by the award-winning singer and actor Scott Coulter and spearheaded by Scott Siegel, creator, writer and host of Town Hall's Broadway by the Year series. Journalist Joel Benjiamin wrote “Lovely, Italian-born Francesca Capetta’s slight accent colored her “God Help the Outcasts” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, her face expressing as much as her voice.”
In 2015, she performed at the Metropolitan Room and Feinstein's/54 Below, singing in the show “Edith Piaf: An All-Star Celebration”. Journalist Ron Forman wrote:“The very beautiful Capetta opened with a dramatic and emotive “La vie en rose”, Piaf’s signature song. Capetta’s evocative facial expressions enhanced her performance of If You Love Me (Really Love Me), the hit English version of the Piaf-penned L’hymne à l’amour.” In fall 2015, Capetta joined the cast of the Off-Broadway show Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic in the role of the Hotel Maid at the Broadway Liberty Theatre in Times Square, NYC. The show was reviewed by The New York Times as "An evening of dark revelry", by the NY Daily News as "A glorious romp" and by TheaterMania as "Thrilling and unique".
Francesca Capetta wrote and performed the sold-out solo show “Francesca Capetta: An Italian in New York” on June 2016 at Feinstein’s/54 Below. To join Capetta on stage there were the Broadway actors Gay Marshall and Brian Charles Rooney. Music director was the Broadway arranger Ian Herman, accompanied by Howie Gordon on drums and Sam Hoyt on trumpet. Cabaret Scenes wrote:"The very kinetic Capetta had remarkable stage presence and confidence. Her voice is strong, her manner confident”. Theater Pizzazz defined An Italian in New York a "success" and added:"There is gutsy quality to Francesca's performance. She is unafraid, and brings verve to everyday tunes. She tells it like it is, with style and sensitivity.”
In 2016 and 2017, Capetta performed in the role of Frances Flegenheimer in the immersive production of Speakeasy Dollhouse: "The Bloody Beginning". The show, written and directed by Cynthia von Buhler, took place at The Weylin, the former Williamsburg Savings Bank in Brooklyn, New York. The show was defined byThe Wall Street Journal as "No ordinary theatre experience" and by the Huffington Post as "Thrilling and delighting all of the senses".
Capetta performed in “Broadway By Guitar”, a full concert of Broadway songs that have never before been performed with solo guitar, with the international guitarist Sean Harkness at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below, where she returned to perform in The Greatest Songs of the Great American Songbook, show written and directed by Scott Siegel.
Capetta starred in the Musical Evergreen in the role of “Fiore" in Toronto, Canada. The musical, created by Simona Rodano, was produced by the Italian Embassy of Toronto and broadcast worldwide by Canale 5 and Rai International. She also starred in the New York Production of the show at the “Queens Theater in The Park”.
In 2016 Capetta performed in Hong Kong in “Francesca Capetta in Concert” at the Peel Fresco Jazz Club. In 2017 she performed again in Hong Kong in occasion of the Italian National Day at the Y-Theater in the sold-out solo show “Broadway and Jazz”, written and directed by her. Pianist was the Hong Kong Disneyland Music Director Rony Fortich. The show, which was covered by major Chinese newspapers with the highest circulations like Apple Daily and SkyPost, was produced by the Italian Consulate in Hong Kong. Francesca was also the special guest on RTHK, the n. 1 radio and television station in China owned by the Hong Kong Government.
Capetta brought her solo show “Broadway and Jazz” also in Italy at the Giuseppe Verdi Theater for His Serene Highness Albert II Prince of Monaco’s humanitarian organization "Amitié sans Frontières”. Guest of Capetta’s show was the Italian television host Marco Berry. Ms. Capetta’s musicians were Alfredo Matera on piano, Gianpaolo Petrini on drums, Stefano Cocon on trumpet, Gianluigi Corvaglia on sax and Davide Liberti on bass. A chorus of 25 people also joined Ms. Capetta on stage. The show was broadcast internationally by Rai Television. The proceeds of her solo show "Broadway and Jazz" in Italy were donated to build a new pavilion at the Regina Margherita Hospital in Turin, Italy, to help children with long-term illnesses through the association Giglio Onlus.
In 2017 Capetta wrote, directed and performed the sold-out solo show "Francesca Capetta sings Dean Martin: A Centennial Celebration” at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. To join Francesca on stage, other then a 10 people chorus, were the Tony Award Winner Liliane Montevecchi and cabaret singer Stacy Sullivan. Music Director was Ian Herman, Russell Farhang on violin and Charlie Caranicas on trumpet. Capetta performed as soloist live on ABC for the 2017 Columbus Day Parade on 5th Avenue. Past performers of the Parade include Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga and Il volo.
In 2017 Capetta has been cast in the leading role of Maria Montessori in the first and only Musical about Maria Montessori "La Dottoressa” at Lincoln Center. The musical has been written by the Grammy Award Winner Matty Selman.
In 2018 Capetta has been chosen as one of the four judges in the International Musical Theater Competition “Broadway’s Got Talent” at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Besides Capetta the panel was composed by legendary Broadway star, director, choreographer and ten-time Tony Award Winner Tommy Tune, Broadway star and cabaret performer Klea Blackhurst and Talent Agent from The Mine Dustin Flores.
Capetta created “The Journey Overseas”, an audio-visual experience that took place at the Deodato Gallery in Milan, Italy. The exhibition merged photographs taken by Capetta of New York City and Turin, with songs in between to accompany the audience through the journey.
During her spare time, Capetta volunteers for the nonprofit organization Vocal Ease, singing in hospitals and nursery homes for New York City’s senior citizens.
Awards and Panels
Winner of the Italian-American Award in the Performing Arts by the Guild of the Italian American Actors
Judge on the panel for “Broadway’s Got Talent” International Musical Theater Competition with Tommy Tune
Judge on the panel for “SJP Got Talent” International Competition
Two times Winner of Merlin Canoro Competition at the Theater Le Glicini, Italy
Soloist Exhibition “The Journey Overseas” at Deodato Arte Gallery in Milan, Italy
Special Guest of the Italian Festival at Hofstra University, NY
Featured Soloist for the Columbus Day Parade on ABC