Alumnus Francesco Milioto named Opera San Antonio music director
Opera San Antonio has appointed Western Music alumnus Francesco Milioto BMus’96 (Music Performance – Piano) as the company’s first Music Director. Milioto conducted La traviata and Tosca at Opera San Antonio and will return in the spring of 2020 to conduct Rigoletto in collaboration with the San Antonio Symphony. As a conductor he debuted last season at Lyric Opera of Chicago and recently worked with Arizona Opera, The Dallas Opera, Chicago Opera Theater and Numi Opera. In addition to being an Artistic Advisor to the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, he is currently on the music staffs of both Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Santa Fe Opera.
In his announcement, Blair Labatt, Chairman of Opera San Antonio said, “In his two projects in San Antonio, La traviata and Tosca, Francesco Milioto has shown a tremendous gift with singers and established a special rapport with the orchestra of the San Antonio Symphony. Those who have had the great pleasure of working with him have all benefited from his cooperativeness, his positive attitude, and his ability to adapt. I think everyone who has seen his work appreciates his ability to bring all the musical elements together to create great operatic magic. We look forward to having him back in San Antonio again and again.”
Read full media release (Opera San Antonio Website, November 15, 2019)