One of his generation’s most interesting conductors, Francesco Lanzillotta has established an important career, performing regularly in some among the most prestigious Italian opera houses including Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Teatro Filarmonico di Verona and Teatro Lirico di Cagliari.
Born in Rome, he graduated in conducting under the guidance of Bruno Aprea at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Roma and in composition with Luciano Pelosi. He also studied piano with Velia De Vita in Rome. He attended master courses of conducting with Harold Farberman at New York Conducting Institute Bard College, and a master class with George Phelivanian in Madrid.
In 2010 he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of State Opera House in Varna (Bulgaria), where he conducted productions of Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, Le nozze di Figaro, Tosca, La Traviata, Carmen and La bohème.
He has also made regular collaborations with important orchestral institutions such as Orchestra Nazionale della RAI di Torino, Swiss Italian Orchestra, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milano, Orchestra Haydn in Bolzano, Filarmonica Toscanini in Parma, Orchestra Regionale Toscana in Florence, Orchestra dei Giovani of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestra of Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Orchestra of Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Orchestra of Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra of Suwon (Korea), Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.
During the 2012/13 made his much awaited debut on the podium of Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI di Torino and conducted successful productions of Histoire du soldat and La fuga in maschera at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Il Maestro di cappella at Opéra de Nancy and Britten’s Il piccolo spazzacamino at Macerata Opera Festival.
After several concerts with the Arturo Toscanini Symphony Orchestra he has been appointed Principal Conductor for three years. He opened the 2013/14 season conducting La bohème at Teatro Comunale di Treviso, followed by his return on the podium of Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI di Torino and on the podium of Filarmonica Toscanini in Parma. He also conduted acclaimed productions of La traviata at Teatro Verdi in Sassari, L’Italiana in Algeri at Teatro Filarmonico di Verona and La bohème at Teatro Comunale in Ferrara. During the same season he conducted Don Checco at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, and the new Battistelli’s work, Il medico dei pazzi, at Opéra de Nancy and at La Fenice di Venezia.
He has been heard in concerts with the Swiss Italian Orchestra, Orchestra Haydn in Bolzano, Orchestra of Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Filarmonica Toscanini in Parma, l’Orchestra della Toscana – ORT (A Germany tour) and Orchestra Verdi di Milano (Expo 2015). He has also conducted many works of contemporary music by such authors as Matteo D’Amico, Marcello Panni, Ennio Morricone, Ada Gentile, Luciano Pelosi, Carlo Galante, Michele Dall’Ongaro, Francesco Pennisi, Luis Bacalov, Luca Mosca etc. He recorded for the VDM Records L’ultimo avventore by Lucio Gregoretti.
In 2015 he inaugurated the Macerata Opera Festival Season conducting Rigoletto.
During the 2016-17 season he made his debuts with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, National Opera Theatre of Montpellier, Essen Opera Theatre and at the Rossini Opera Festival of Pesaro with Torvaldo e Dorliska.
During the 2018 he will conduct Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opéra de Toulon and Rigoletto in the Semperoper of Dresda.