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Francis
Lanzillotta

Francesco Lanzillotta is considered one of the most interesting conductors in the Italian music scene; he has conducted in the main Italian theaters and is very active in Europe, alternating the symphony with the operatic repertoire, where he ranges from the classics to the contemporary.

Francesco Lanzillotta was Principal Conductor of the Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra from 2014 to '17 and Music Director of the Macerata Opera Festival from 2017 to 2021. Upcoming engagements include L'elisir d'amore at the Rome Opera and a major Donizetti project in La Monnaie in Brussels which also sees him engaged as a composer.

Francesco Lanzillotta he is considered one of the most interesting conductors in the Italian music scene.
 
Born in Rome, he graduated in orchestra conducting with Maestro Bruno Aprea and in composition with Maestro Luciano Pelosi with full marks and honors at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome.
He also studied piano and cello.
 
He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Varna Opera Theater in Bulgaria from 2010 to 2014, Principal Conductor of the Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra from 2014 to 2017 and Music Director of the Macerata Opera Festival from 2017 to 2021.
 
In recent years Francesco Lanzillotta has conducted in the most important Italian theaters: Turin, Venice, Naples, Palermo, Macerata, Rome, Florence, Bologna, Pesaro, Verona, Milan, Parma, Trieste, Treviso, Ferrara, Cagliari, Benevento, Lecce, L 'Eagle and others.
 
Very active in Europe, he made his debut at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, inaugurated the 2019 season at the Semperoper in Dresden, conducted in Zurich, Valencia, Paris, Brussels, Munich, Lyon.
In 2022 he made his debut in Vienna with I puritani at the Wiener Staatsoper.
 
In the same year he was invited back to Frankfurt after conducting La traviata in 2018, to conduct a new production of Dallapiccola's Ulysses.
 
Very active in Russia, he conducted the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the choir of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome in a symphonic program, the Novaya Rossiya State Symphony Orchestra in Moscow and Le nozze di Figaro at the Bolshoi.
 
In Beijing he conducted The Marriage of Figaro, in Budapest L'italiana in Algiers and South Korea and in Toronto various symphonic programs.
 
In Montpellier he made his debut with Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini and The Night of a Neurasthenic by Nino Rota.
 
Constantly invited to the Erl Festival, he returns there again in December 2022 to conduct Donizetti's Don Pasquale and a symphonic program.
 
After making his debut in 2021 at the Monnaie in Brussels, Francesco Lanzillotta will return to the Belgian capital again in 2023 for a major Donizetti project that sees him engaged as conductor and composer: 'Bastarda', a work created together with director Olivier Fredj starting from the four operas Donizetti dedicated to Elizabeth I.
 
In 2017 he made his debut at the Rossini Opera Festival obtaining the unanimous approval of the public and critics; he will return to the ROF in 2023. At the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino he conducts West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein and Resurrection by Franco Alfano. In 2022 he returned to the Teatro Regio in Turin achieving great success conducting Norma by Vincenzo Bellini.
 
Francesco Lanzillotta's operatic repertoire ranges from the classics to the contemporary. In fact, in 2014 he directed the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli's "Il medico dei pazzi" and in 2019 "7 minutes". His activity in the contemporary repertoire sees him conducting the most important living composers: in April 2022 he made his debut at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome conducting two new operatic compositions by Lucio Gregoretti and Marco Betta, both on librettos by Bruno Cagli.
 
Repeatedly invited by orchestras such as the Swiss Italian Orchestra, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, the Rai National Orchestra of Turin, the Toscanini Philharmonic of Parma, the Orchestra della Toscana-ORT, the La Verdi Orchestra of Milan, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Opera of Montpellier, the Lebanese State Orchestra alternates the operatic and symphonic repertoire.
 
Winner of the prestigious Valentino Bucchi international composition prize in 2005 with "Rapsodici itineraries", of the Nino Rota, Oreste Sindici and Fontane di Roma prize, he composes music for ballet, theatre, film, absolute music ranging from symphonic to chamber compositions.
 
In 2016 he created "Operando" together with Maestros Bruno Taddia and Christian Schmitz, a course in orchestra conducting and opera singing which has already launched several talents who have made their debut on important international stages.
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