Francesco Milioto

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 returns as a cover/assistant conductor to Lyric Opera of Chicago for productions of Cendrillon and La traviata. Mr. Milioto will make his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut conducting the performance of Cendrillon in January of 2019. He will also assist the gala performance celebrating Renée Fleming’s 25th Anniversary. Immediately following his work at LOC Mr. Milioto will return 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 will also conduct The Dallas Opera Orchestra in a performance of Pepito by Offenbach on the Family Performances series. Mr. Milioto will then return to the music staff of The Santa Fe Opera for his fifth summer and work on a production of Jenufa.

Last season Mr. Milioto worked on productions of Rigoletto and The Pearl Fishers at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He then went on to make his debut with Arizona Opera conducting Rossini’s The Barber of Seville from the harpsichord. Following his success in Arizona, he conducted his fifth production with Chicago Opera Theater, a Donizetti double-bill of Il Pigmalione and Rita. Mr. Milioto then 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-found 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 brilliantly vibrant ensemble Palomar, which has been featured on the 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.