Dutch-born actress Celinde Schoenmaker makes her LAO debut as Franca Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza.

She trained at Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg with voice lessons from Edward Hoepelman. Theater credits include Franca in The Light in the Piazza (Royal Festival Hall), Claire de Loone in On the Town (Royal Albert Hall/BBC), Jenny Lind in Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory), Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (West End/30th Anniversary Performance), Jenny in Love Story (Netherlands) and Fantine in Les Misérables (West End). Concerts include Disney in Concert (Amsterdam) and Musicals in Concert (Amsterdam). Celinde has recently performed in concerts in London (Royal Albert Hall/Cadogan Hall), Prague, Barcelona, Holland and Tokyo. Film includes Renate Blauel in the Elton John bio-pic Rocketman.