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Francesco Cilluffo

Principal Guest Conductor at the Wexford Festival Opera

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Ekaterina Belova


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Upcoming Past

Biography Highlights


Current Season & Future Engagements

Symphonic concert with Filarmonico Verona Teatro, La Tempesta at Wexford Festival Opera, Picker’sEmmaline at Tulsa Opera, Gloria by Francesco Cilea Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, double-bill Margot la Rouge / Le Villi at Opera Holland Park, Macbeth at The Grange Festival, Russian Music Concert with Filarmonico Verona Teatro.


Recent Engagements

Aida Opera Lombardia, Falstaff Grange Festival, Romeo e Giulietta at Belcanto Festival Tokyo, Catalani’s Edmea at Wexford Festival Opera, Manon Lescaut The Grange Festival*, Le Villi and Margot La Rouge Opera Holland Park*, Leoni’s L’Oracolo and Giordano’s Mala vita Wexford Festival Opera, Cavalleria rusticana and La voix humaine with Anna Caterina Antonacci for Opera Lombardia and  Bolzano, a world premiere of Miseria e Nobiltà Teatro Carlo Felice and Teatro Carlo Felice Genoa, Italiana in Algeri Toulon, Mascagni’s Isabeau at Holland Park Opera, Alfano’s Risurrezione Wexford Festival Opera, Tosca Tulsa Opera, Roméo et  Juliette, Bohème, Rigoletto, Elisir d’amore and Madama Butterfly at the New Israeli Opera. [*- cancelled]   


Other Engagements

Verdi Requiem Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Grange Festival, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde Festival della Valle d’Itria, Martina Franca, Verdi Galas at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow and at the Festival Verdi in Parma, Duruflé’s and Mozart’s Requiem and Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 14 with the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, and concerts with the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago, Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, and ORT-Orchestra della Toscana for the opening of the Incontri in terra di Siena Festival.



LaToscanini Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Bremer Philharmoniker, Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago. 


Stage Photos


Catalani - Edmea

Catalani - Edmea

Bellini - Norma

Bellini - Norma






Francesco in Pietro Mascagni - Guglielmo Ratcliff / 2 CD RTÉ lyric

Pietro Mascagni - Guglielmo Ratcliff / 2 CD RTÉ lyric

Wexford Festival Opera Chorus & Orchestra Wexford Festival Opera, Wexford 2015

Francesco in Marco Tutino - Le Braci (Embers) - world première / 2 CD Dynamic

Marco Tutino - Le Braci (Embers) - world première / 2 CD Dynamic

Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia Festival della Valle d’Itria, Martina Franca 2015

Francesco in Francesco Cilèa - L’Arlesiana  / 2 CD Dynamic

Francesco Cilèa - L’Arlesiana / 2 CD Dynamic

Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana Coro Lirico Marchigiano V. Bellini Teatro Pergolesi, Jesi 2013

Francesco in Francesco Cilèa - L’Arlesiana / DVD

Francesco Cilèa - L’Arlesiana / DVD

Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana Coro Lirico Marchigiano V. Bellini Teatro Pergolesi, Jesi 2013


Reviews & Press


OperaLombardia - Verdi - Aida

Ottima la direzione di Francesco Cilluffo: vibrante nei momenti di maggior vigore orchestrale, senza mai cedere a una magniloquenza fine a se stessa, si distende in un raffinato sostegno al canto nei passaggi più melodici. 

- Fabio Larovere , Il corriere della sera

The Grange Festival - Verdi - Falstaff

the chorus and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (on top form) achieved again and again under the conductor Francesco Cilluffo. His reading was masterly, allowing one to savour every bar of Verdi's fastidiously crafted score, with its intricate and meaningful musical detail predenting so much of the humour as well as the heart of the poece, in addition to providing a warm, benign and vital overview.

- George Hall , Opera Magazine

As for Francesco Cilluffo and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the pit, we’re talking puppies off the leash: upfront, headstrong and living irresistibly in the moment. There wasn’t a tumescent horncall or a tittering string cascade that didn’t sound as if it was being relished; the Create a password moonlight of the final scene was breathlessly realised

- Richard Bratby , Spectator

TUTINO: Le Braci - CD recording

The Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia churns marvelously under the suave leadership of Francesco Cilluffo

- Joshua Rosenblum , Opera News

Wexford Festival Opera - Catalani - Edmea

Strong Musical Direction The musical side of the production was in the hands of Francesco Cilluffo, who elicited a dramatically satisfying performance from the Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera. Whist he successfully captured the tempestuous emotions which overwhelmed the characters, it was never at the expense of the engaging melodies which litter the score. It was also a lively and insightful reading, one which brought out the work’s contrasts and ambiguities. A good balance between the orchestral sections was maintained throughout, and he was supportive of the singers, who in turn responded with fine performances.

- Alan Neilson , Operawire

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Francesco Cilluffo's vigorous conducting lent the work both the edge and romanticism it needed.

Opera Journal

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Conductor Francesco Cilluffo did a first-rate job keeping cast, chorus and orchestra on track. I particularly enjoyed the orchestra’s performance of the Prelude to Act III with its turbulent strings, and there were some unusual sonorities involving brass and percussion. Cilluffo accompanied the singers beautifully, remaining flexible and creating a perfect balance of sound.

- Robert Beattie , Seen and Heard International

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