Francisco Casanova was born in the Dominican Republic and began his musical studies in his native country and subsequently specialized in opera singing in Milan, under the guidance of Piermiranda Ferraro.
In 1990 he won first prize at the "Francisco Vinas" International Competition in Barcelona and second prize at the third International Competition for opera voices in Bilbao. In 1996 he substituted Luciano Pavarotti during the concert "Pavarotti Plus" in New York and interpreted the Dauphin in Joan of Arc in New York. Subsequently, he made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in I Due Foscari under the direction of Riccardo Muti. He constantly performs at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, where he performed in January 2001 in Il Trovatore and where he interpreted Riccardo in Un Ballo in maschera, Ismaele in Nabucco, Cavaradossi in Tosca and Oronte in I Lombardi alla prima crociata, a role which he also performed in at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna.
He was also Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Cavaradossi in Tosca in the summer productions at the Met in Central Park. He made his debut in 1999 at the Carnegie Hall in La Juive by Halévy, he was Arrigo in La Battaglia di Legnano and Foresto in Attila. In 2000 he made his debut in the Staatsoper in Vienna and he sings frequently in Spain (La Gioconda, I Masnadieri, Roberto Devereux, Don Carlos) and in South America (Attila, Simon Boccanegra, Un Ballo in maschera, Tosca, Andrea Chénier). Recently he sang in Verdi's Requiem, Roberto Devereux and Rossini's Stabat Mater. He has also sung in various concerts: L'Amore dei tre re di Montemezzi, I Vespri siciliani; Stabat Mater by Rossini and Verdi's Requiem.
Soon he will perform in I Vespri siciliani at the Metropolitan in New York, Don Carlo at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, Un Ballo in maschera and Tosca in San Sebastian and Bilbao and Verdi's Requiem at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa.