Francisca P. Vanherle Maxwell
Artist affiliate, voice
B.A., Royal Conservatorium, Brussels, Belgium
M.F.A, Royal Conservatorium, Brussels, Belgium
M.A., Royal Conservatorium, Brussels, Belgium
D.M.A., University of Texas
Teaching and Scholarly Interests:
- Handel opera and Handel singers
- Women composers and musicians of 17th century Italy
Francisca Vanherle was born in Argentina but grew up in Belgium. She studied at the Royal Conservatorium in Brussels, where she obtained both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Vocal Arts and a diploma in Vocal Pedagogy. She sang professionally with ensembles such as Huelgas, La Petite Bande, Il Fondamento and the VRT Radio Choir and was a member of the Brussels Cathedral Choir.
In 1997, she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship by the Commission for Educational Exchange between the USA and Belgium and Luxembourg. With this scholarship, she continued her education at the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated as a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance in 2002. In Austin, she worked profusely with the Texas Early Music Project, with whom she performed and recorded several Monteverdi, Handel and Purcell operas and performed baroque oratorio and chamber music works. Her academic interest and musical passion for early music have remained constant factors throughout her career.
Francisca has performed in recitals with piano and orchestra in Europe, the USA and Russia. She was a resident concert soloist for the Brussels Operette Theater and gained big success singing for the Tielts Operette Podium, most notably as Rosalinde in “Die Fledermaus”, Anna Elisa in “Paganini” and as Anina in “Eine Nacht in Venedig”. Francisca regularly sings as an oratorio soloist and in art song recitals with piano, a genre which is particularly close to her heart. She also remains active as an ensemble and chamber music performer in Europe and the USA.