Francesco Corti was appointed Music Director of Scottish Opera in August 2007, following his conducting engagement for the Company’s production of Madama Butterfly the previous spring. He made his official début as Music Director conducting Smetana’s The Two Widows at the 2008 Edinburgh International Festival, which won a Herald Angel Award and then conducted I Puritani in concert as well as a brand-new production of Massenet’s Manon.
Francesco studied Violin and Composition in his home city of Milan, and Conducting in Vienna. He made his operatic conducting début in 1986 with La traviata at Jesi. Other appointments include Music Director of Magdeburg Opera in Germany, having previously been Music Director of the Pfalztheater, Kaiserslautern and First Kapellmeister at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf-Duisberg. He has worked at opera houses throughout Europe, including the Norwegian Opera, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Vienna Volksoper and Gothenburg Opera. He made his US début in 2007 conducting Il barbiere di Siviglia at San Francisco Opera.
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