Originally from Texas, Shannon French is an adjunct instructor at Methodist University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Ms. French holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Louisiana State University, where she studied with Martina Arroyo, Stephen Austin, and Patricia O'Neil. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas State University.
Ms. French started her performance career in musical theatre. After graduating from Louisiana State University, she went to Germany and performed in numerous musicals. Her most memorable was Guiliette Trapani in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love. At ease on the operatic as well as the recital stage, her portrayal of Hansel in Hansel and Gretelwas considered by critics as "the most believable Hansel one has seen." Some of her other roles include Orlofsky, Cherubino, Suzuki, Mary Warren in The Crucible and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. She has performed with such companies as Altenburg Landestheater, Stuttgart Musiktheater, Long Leaf Opera, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Natchez Opera, and Opera Company of North Carolina. On the recital state, Ms. French has given song recitals throughout Germany, France, Austria, and Russia. She continues to be an active recitalist performing throughout the North Carolina region.
She has performed principle roles in theatre and musical theatre throughout the USA and Germany. Some of her favorite roles include Aldonza in Man of LaMancha and Evangeline in the American premiere of Cole Porter's Nymph Errant.