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A rising star in the younger generation of conductors, Francesco Milioto is forging a unique career as a versatile interpreter of both the operatic and orchestral repertoire. Praised for his energy and integrity on the podium, the Chicago Tribune has said, “Milioto presided with Bernsteinesque bravura.”
Mr. Milioto enjoys guest conducting relationships with a wide variety of organizations, and cover/assistant conductor positions with several distinguished opera companies. This season marked his successful debut with the Opera San Antonio conducting Verdi’s La traviata. He returned as a cover/assistant conductor to Lyric Opera of Chicago for productions of La traviata and Cendrillon; the Rossini masterwork also marked Mr. Milioto’s official conducting debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago in January of 2019. He also assisted the gala performance celebrating Renée Fleming’s 25th Anniversary. Immediately following his work at LOC, Mr. Milioto returned to The Dallas Opera as cover/assistant conductor for their production of Verdi’s Falstaff, as well as The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, and a special concert event. During this time he also conducted The Dallas Opera Orchestra in Offenbach’s Pepito on the Family Performances series. In the summer of 2019 Mr. Milioto returned to the music staff of The Santa Fe Opera for his fifth season, helping to prepare a production of Jenufa.
In 2018-2019, Mr. Milioto worked on productions of Rigoletto and The Pearl Fishers at Lyric Opera of Chicago followed by his debut with Arizona Opera conducting Rossini’s The Barber of Seville from the harpsichord. Later in the season, he conducted his fifth production with Chicago Opera Theater, a Donizetti double-bill of Il Pigmalione and Rita and returned to The Santa Fe Opera for a production of Ariadne auf Naxos.
As a music director and guest conductor Mr. Milioto has thrived in Chicago and beyond. Over his fifteen years in Chicago he claimed the title of Music Director to the New Millennium Orchestra, the Skokie Valley Symphony, the Highland Park Strings, Access Contemporary Music, and the Chicago Cultural Center Summer Opera. As a guest conductor he has amassed several critically acclaimed productions with Chicago Opera Theater and has collaborated with many professional local orchestras. His work with the New Millennium Orchestra and Chicago Opera Theater were each named to the Chicago Sun-Times list of the “10 best performances of the year.” Mr. Milioto is particularly proud of his work with the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago, which he co-founded in 2005. The NMO had an incredible range of repertoire, playing everything from classical music and opera to collaborations with jazz and hip-hop artists. His highly acclaimed work over ten seasons with both the Highland Park Strings and Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra ranged from early music to the most contemporary works, and often featured world-renowned soloists. As Artistic Director/Conductor of Access Contemporary Music, Mr. Milioto led the vibrant ensemble Palomar, which has been featured on radio and in performances throughout the city and abroad. He has also conducted successful productions with Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Southwest, Elgin Opera, and Opera on the James.
As a cover/assistant conductor, Mr. Milioto has flourished under world-class mentorship. He is currently in his sixth season at Lyric Opera of Chicago where he has been fortunate enough to work closely with Sir Andrew Davis and other luminaries, on several operas and concerts. He is also a member of the music staff at The Santa Fe Opera and has worked at both the Canadian Opera Company and The Dallas Opera. For 10 seasons Mr. Milioto worked with the Ravinia Festival as an assistant conductor, pianist, vocal coach and prompter being involved in over a dozen operas, and many concerts with such artists as Daniel Barenboim and James Conlon.
FALSTAFF WITH THE DALLAS OPERA
Francesco Milioto is the cover/assistant conductor for Dallas Opera’s production of Falstaff, running April 26 through May 4, 2019.
PÉPITO WITH THE DALLAS OPERA
Francesco Milioto conducts Pépito with the Dallas Opera as part of their Family Performances series. The engagement is on April 27, 2019.
LA TRAVIATA WITH LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO
From February 16 through March 22, 2019, conductor Francesco Milioto covers La traviata for Lyric Opera of Chicago.
LYRIC OPERA DEBUT IN CENDRILLON
Francesco Milioto gets his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in Cendrillon on January 11, 2019. In other performances from December 1, 2018 through January 20, 2019, he is the cover conductor.
LA TRAVIATA WITH OPERA SAN ANTONIO
Francesco Milioto conducted Opera San Antonio’s production of La traviata on September 13 and 15, 2018.
Francesco Milioto conducts Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, Movement 1 (excerpt) with Highland Park Strings (2013)