Donald Francke studied at Cambridge University and at the Royal College of Music, London. He has performed as a principal with many opera companies, notably the Royal Opera House, Opera North, Welsh National Opera and many others. During the Shakespeare celebration year of 1964 he toured with the Lincoln Theatre Royal Company as guest singer and actor. Oratorio and recitals are also part of Donald’s field, notably an appearance with Gerald Moore just prior to the pianist’s retirement. TV and radio broadcasts have been made in Europe, the Far East and the UK, including a complete set of the Savoy Operas, both in studio and promenade concerts.
Donald chalked up nearly nine years appearing as Old Deuteronomy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” at the New London Theatre. More recent appearances have included Victorian pantomime at the Player’s Theatre and good national press reviews of performances at the Greenwich Studio Theatre.