Francesco Cilluffo

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Francesco Cilluffo is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Wexford Festival Opera, Ireland.

Born in Turin, he received his conducting and composition degree from the Conservatorio “Giuseppe Verdi” in his hometown and graduated in Musicology from the Turin University. He furthered his studies in London, where he was awarded a Master in Composition (with distinction) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a PhD in Composition at King’s College, London.

His most recent engagements include: Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (Schoenberg version) at the Festival della Valle d’Itria, Martina Franca; Zemlinsky’s Der König Kandaules at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo; Cilea’s L’Arlesiana at the Teatro Pergolesi in Jesi (filmed in DVD by Dynamic); a new production of Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio at the Teatro Regio di Parma; Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa; a new production of Wolf-Ferrari’s Il Campiello at the Opera di Firenze – Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, then revived at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste; a Verdi Gala at the Festival Verdi 2014 in Parma; L’elisir d’amore for the opening of the 2015 opera season of the Teatro Regio in Parma and at the Teatro Comunale Luciano; the world première of Marco Tutino’s opera Le braci for the opening of the Festival della Valle d’Itria, Martina Franca and then at the Opera di Firenze – Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; a new production of Nabucco at the Opernhaus in Kiel; a new production of Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff at the Wexford Festival Opera; Roméo et Juliette by Gounod at the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv; La Traviata at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège; Rigoletto with the New Israeli Opera and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; Madama Butterfly with the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv; a new production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona and then on tour for OperaLombardia; symphonic concerts with the Bremer Philharmoniker; Tosca at the Tulsa Opera (American conducting debut); Verdi’s Requiem at the Grange Festival with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; La Bohème for the season opening of the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv; Risurrezione by Alfano at the Wexford Festival Opera; the world premiere of Marco Tutino’s Miseria e Nobiltà at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa; L’Italiana in Algeri at the Opéra de Toulon; Mascagni’s Isabeau at the Opera Holland Park (London); Leoni’s L’Oracolo and Giordano’s Mala vita at the Wexford Festival Opera; Poulenc’s La voix humaine (with Anna Caterina Antonacci) and Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana for Opera Lombardia; Falstaff  for the Marche Opera Circuit; a new production of Falstaff at the Grange Festival; Aida for OperaLombardia (Cremona, Pavia, Como, Brescia, Bergamo); symphonic concerts with I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Dublin, the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma. 

Future engagements include Manon Lescaut at the Grange Festival; a new production of Puccini’s Le Villi and Delius’ Margot la rouge at the Opera Holland Park, London; Catalani’s Edmea at the Wexford Festival Opera, in the first year of his tenure as Principal Guest Conductor.

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