Francesco Cilluffo
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Francesco Cilluffo is Principal Guest Conductor at the Wexford Festival Opera. Among his most recent successes are Gloria by Cilèa for the opening of the season of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari; Verdi’s Requiem, Macbeth, Falstaff and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Grange Festival, leading the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Mascagni’s Isabeau and Puccini’s Le Villi at Opera Holland Park, Halévy’s La Tempesta, Catalani’s Edmea, Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff, Alfano’s Risurrezione at the Wexford Festival Opera, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly and La Bohème at the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La voix humaine (with Anna Caterina Antonacci) and Aida for OperaLombardia, symphonic concerts with LaToscanini in Parma (including the Italian premiere of Absolute Jest by John Adams), RTÉ Concert Orchestra (Dublin) and the Bremer Philharmoniker. Future engagements include: Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Le Nozze di Figaro at the Volksoper in Vienna and Tosca at the Grange Festival.

REVIEWS
Nerone
Teatro Lirico, Cagliari
13/02/2024

"Insomma, è stata una bella serata. Il merito spetta in primo luogo a Francesco Cilluffo, sommo sacerdote dell'opera italiana fra Verdi e Puccini, così convinto da Boito da convincerne anche l'ottima Orchestra (buono anche il Coro, ma avrebbe bisogno di rinforzi) e soprattutto il pubblico."

(Alberto Mattioli, Il Foglio)


"...questa produzione cagliaritana, che è stata programmata come davvero meglio non si poteva. Partendo dal “manico”, ossia dalla bacchetta di Francesco Cilluffo: come Donato Renzetti e Giuseppe Grazioli — che l’hanno preceduto in questa serie di riscoperte del ‘900 italiano — il direttore torinese conosce benissimo e ama questa musica, ed è capace di esaltarne i pregi e occultarne talune magagne, con un dominio che è insieme tecnico e, come dire, “spirituale”."

(Nicola Cattò, Musica)


Gloria" di Cilea
Teatro Lirico, Cagliari
10/02/2023

“Francesco Cilluffo, who like no other conductor today has the knack for operatic rarities and the skills to bring them to light with culture and music sensitivity, finds that perfect balance between theatrical emphasis and precious orchestral details that is the only key - today - to give justice to this kind of operas. "

(Nicola Cattò, Rivista Musica)


Aida
Opera Lombardia
15/11/2019

“The musical direction of Francesco Cilluffo was excellent: vibrant in the most vigorous orchestral moments, but never pompous or loud for its own sake, it also soars in a refined sustain of the singing during the most melodic moments "

(Corriere della Sera)


Falstaff
Grange Festival
11/06/2019

“Conducted by the exceptional Francesco Cilluffo, Christopher Luscombe's production for The Grange Festival succeeds beyond any possible expectations. [...] The achievement of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Cilluffo’s taut direction is another prime reason for the show’s success: the score’s busy interior life is revealed with loving insight. [...] The famous ensembles, meanwhile, are breathtaking in their accuracy and élan"

(Financial Times)


“Providing the icing on the cake was the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Francesco Cilluffo, the playing taut and expressive, tempi perfectly judged. "

(Dominic Lowe, Bachtrack)

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