Francesca Gagnon

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Francesca Gagnon
Background information
Born August 6, 1957
Genres World music
Occupation(s) singer
Labels Galios Musique
Associated acts Cirque du Soleil's Alegría and Midnight Sun
Website Official website

Francesca Gagnon (born August 6, 1957) is a Canadian singer and theatre actress featured in Cirque du Soleil's Alegría and Midnight Sun. During her career of more than two decades, she has recorded several solo albums and toured three continents singing in French, English, Italian and Spanish.


Born in Jonquière, Quebec, Canada, Francesca Gagnon began studying piano and dance from the age of ten. This interest in the arts carried over into adulthood where she continued her study of music at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her first musical performances were on television, followed by live solo performances in Quebec, Europe, and Africa. In 1986, after recording her first album, Francesca received a Juno Award nomination for "Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year".[1]

In 1994, Francesca joined Cirque du Soleil's Alegría troupe. She featured as the principal vocalist on Alegría's soundtrack, which went on to become Cirque du Soleil's best-selling album.[2] It was nominated for a Grammy Award and several Félix Awards in 1995, winning two of the latter. Alegría was also ranked on the Billboard World Music Chart for 65 weeks.[2]

Francesca continued touring with Alegría and starred as 'The White Singer' in the 2001 DVD recorded live in Sydney, Australia.[3] During this period, she also performed with the troupe on The Tonight Show and before Prince Charles at the Royal Albert Hall in England.[4] Although she left Cirque in 2002[3] to resume her solo career, Francesca returned to sing Alegría's title track at the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Jazz Festival and the 20th anniversary of Cirque du Soleil in 2004.[5] That concert, directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, has been released on DVD as Cirque du Soleil's Midnight Sun.

Since returning to her solo career, she released her newest album Hybride in 2005 after two years of production. On the album, Francesca sings in a language of her own creation inspired by the musical tones of different languages. The reasoning behind this was that she "wanted to transport us to a world where the language exists on a universal level without any border of race, country or words."[6]

Selected Discography[7][edit]

Year Title Notes
2010 Meridiano work with Inti-Illimani
2005 Hybride -
2004 Le Best of Cirque du Soleil compilation album
1999 Au delà des couleurs -
1994 Alegría Cirque du Soleil
1988 Francesca -
1985 Magie -


Year Title Role
2004 Cirque du Soleil presents Midnight Sun The White Singer
2001 Cirque du Soleil presents Alegría The White Singer


  1. ^ Kelly, Deirdre (1986-11-11). "A night for sequins and heart-throbs". The Globe and Mail. p. D7. 
  2. ^ a b "Music - Alegría - Official soundtrack". Cirque du Soleil. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Music and Vocalists - Alegría". The Cirque Tribune. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  4. ^ Alternate Menu
  5. ^ Playback :: Cirque sells street show to Germany, France
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Francesca Gagnon" (in French). Le Parolier. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  8. ^ Francesca Gagnon at the Internet Movie Database

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