Francesca Cassinari graduated in Singing, and later specialized in Baroque Singing and in Chamber Music, attending masterclasses by Claudio Cavina, Gloria Banditelli, Claudine Ansermet and Lorna Windsor.
She especially devoted herself to vocal polyphony, singing with the most eminent italian ensembles in many of the most important concerthall. Francesca is a member of La Compagnia del Madrigale, La Fonte Musica (Michele Pasotti), Il Canto di Orfeo (Gianluca Capuano), La Venexiana (Claudio Cavina), and she performed with Capella Reyal de Catalunya (Jordi Savall), Collegium 1704 (Vaclav Luks), RSI Choir (Diego Fasolis), L’Astrée (Giorgio Tabacco), Club Médiéval (Thomas Baeté). As a soloist and in ensemble she collaborated with Rinaldo Alessandrini's Concerto Italiano (in 2017 tour in Spain, China and Australia with Orfeo by Monteverdi as Messaggera and Speranza and at Carnegie Hall in New York playing Fortuna and Valletti in Coronatione di Poppea), Fabio Bonizzoni's La Risonanza (recent participation to the Resurrezione by Haendel as the Angel at Bozar in Bruxelles, Concertgebouw in Bruges and at the Arsenal in Metz), Lorenzo Ghielmi's La Divina Armonia (many times at Utrecht Festival with German baroque cantatas and in 2018 in Hall in Tirol with the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi), Antonio Frigè and Gabriele Cassone's Pian&Forte, Stefano Aresi's Stile Galante.
With La Compagnia del Madrigale she has recorded Gesualdo’s Terzo and Sesto libro de’ Madrigali and Responsoria, Monterverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine and Pianto della Madonna, Marenzio’s Primo libro de’ Madrigali and Quinto libro a sei and the recente collection of madrigals by Cipriano de Rore Vieni dolce Imeneo, all published by Glossa Music and awarded Diapason d’Or de l’année and Gramophone Award. With La Venexiana she recorded Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Coronatione di Poppea, Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria, and the Concerto delle Dame by Luzzasco Luzzaschi. With Stile Galante she recorded cantatas by Porpora and by Vinci for Pan Classics.
She regularly sings also late medieval and early renaissance polyphony. With La Fonte Musica she recorded the cds Le Ray au Soleyl (ORF/Alte Musik) and Metamorfosi 300 (Alpha, Diapason d'or) and with Cantica Symphonia Dufay’s Motets and the Missa l’Homme Armè by Busnois (Glossa).
Francesca also performs chamber and contemporary music (A Dog’s Heart by A. Raskatov at La Scala in Milan and at the Opéra de Lyon with Il Canto di Orfeo). In 2003 she has obtained a BA degree in “Communication Sciences” with a dissertation about “Broadcasting of classical music in Italian Television”.