Francesco Lanzillotta is considered one of the most interesting conductors of his generation. In recent years he has appeared regularly in some of the most prestigious Italian opera houses, as well as collaborating with important orchestras (including the Orchestra Nazionale della RAI di Torino). He was music director of the Orchestra Filarmonica Toscanini for four years, an orchestra with which he continues to have a partnership. He also devotes much of his time to 20th and 21st century music - conducting, among others, Il medico dei pazzi by Giorgio Battistelli at the Opéra de Nancy and at La Fenice in Venice, where he also conducted Poulenc's La voix humaine. He opened the Macerata Opera Festival in 2015 with Rigoletto and was appointed Music Director of the Festival in 2017. In 2016/17 he made his debut with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Montpellier Opera, at the Aalto Theater in Essen, and at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro with Torvaldo e Dorliska. His recent engagements include: Nabucco at Deutsche Oper Berlin, La bohème at La Fenice, Lucia di Lammermoor at Opéra de Toulon, Rigoletto at Semperoper Dresden, L'elisir d'amore in Macerata, Macbeth at Zurich Opera House, La traviata at Frankfurt Opera, Carmina burana in St. Petersburg with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, West Side Story and Alfano's Risurrezione at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, La Favorite at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, 7 minuti (a new opera by Giorgio Battistelli) in Nancy, La traviata at La Fenice, Le nozze di Figaro at the Bolshoi and in Beijing, a new production of Carmen at the Sferisterio Opera Festival, Il viaggio a Reims in Dresden and Valencia, Un ballo in maschera in Budapest, Rigoletto in Hamburg, Tosca in Macerata, Aida in Brisbane and L'elisir d'amore in Munich.