Italian, southern temperament manifests itself in Francesco Bottigliero through his spontaneity in conducting orchestras and triggering emotions in audiences, while preserving perfection of performance.

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Biography

Francesco Bottigliero has a comprehensive musical education. He received his initial training in piano and composition at the Music Academy in Salerno, and studied opera and symphony conducting in Naples in Italy. He improved his skills at the faculty of music education and choral conducting. Additionally he holds master degree in philosophy. Between 2002-2004, he took private lessons in orchestral conducting with Maestro Carlo Maria Giulini in Milano. He perfected his craft as a pianist and conductor on numerous masterclasses. As a pianist he has been rewarded with such prizes as: the First Prize at the IX National Competition in Taranto (1996), the First Prize at the National Competition in Naples (1999), the First Prize at a Chamber Music Competition in Verbania (2003).

Since 2000, Maestro Bottigliero has been a guest with a number of orchestras in Europe, including the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Sibiu in Romania, Moldavian Symphony Orchestra in Chisinau, Krakow Philharmonic, Janáček Komorní Orchestra in Ostrava, Congress Symphony Orchestra in St. Petersburg, Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra or recently the orchestra of the Slezské Theatre.

In 2007, he relocated to Wrocław, Poland, and since then he has conducted G. Verdi’s Rigoletto and W. A. Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Wrocław Opera, G. Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, L. Bernstein’s Candide, S. Prokofiev’s Maddalena, G. B. Pergolesi’s La serva padrona at the Grand Theatre in Poznań, W. A. Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Baltic Opera and G. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, G. Bizet’s Carmen at the Silesian Opera.

From the season 2010/11 until 2013/14, he collaborated with Theater Erfurt, conducting G. Verdi’s I Lombardi, G. Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable, H. Purcell’s King Arthur, E. T. A. Hoffmann’s Der Trank der Unsterblichkeit, A. L. Webber’s Evita, I. Kalaman’s Gräfin Mariza, J. Bock’s Fiddler on the Roof, G. Puccini’s Turandot, G. Bizet’s Carmen, and R. Leoncavallo’s I Medici. In 2015, his performances of Tosca and L’elisir d’amore at Slezské Theatre received both great recognition and very good critics in the Czech Republic.

In the 2006-2007 season Francesco Bottigliero worked as the soloists’ coach at the Hamburgische Staatsoper. He has been involved in educational work and collaborated with the Music Academy in Wrocław, the Ostravská University, the Academy of Music in Katowice, and with Weimarische Hochschule.

Maestro Bottigliero is an accomplished composer and orchestral arranger. He has conducted his own compositions: Kantata Tumska, a composition for solo voices, choir, children’s choir and orchestra dedicated to the city of Wrocław (2009), Le premier Tango composition for a great symphonic orchestra performed in Bielsko- Biała (2012) and Das Dschungelbuch, a musical for children at the Theater Erfurt Domstufen-Festspiele (2015).

Opera Repertoire

L. Bernstein, Candide
G. Bizet, Carmen
J. Bock, Fiddler on the Roof
G. Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore
G. Donizetti, Don Pasquale
E. T. A. Hoffmann, Der Trank der Unsterblichkeit
E. Humperdinck, Hänsel und Gretel
E. Kálmán, Die Herzogin von Chicago
E. Kálmán, Gräfin Mariza
F. Lehár, Die Lustige Witwe
R. Leoncavallo, I Medici
A. Lloyd-Webber, Evita
C. Lombardo, Cin-ci-lá
G. Meyerbeer, Robert le diable
W. A. Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro
W. A. Mozart, Die Entführung aus dem Serail
M. Mussorgsky, Boris Godunov
H. Purcell, King Arthur

R. Chauls, Alice in Wonderland
G. B. Pergolesi, La serva padrona
S. Prokofiev, Maddalena
G. Puccini, Madama Butterfly
G. Puccini, Tosca
G. Puccini, Turandot
G. Rossini, La scala di seta
G. Rossini, L’italiana in Algeri
B. Smetana, Prodaná nevěsta
I. Stravinsky, Histoire du soldat
G. Verdi, I Lombardi alla prima crociata
G. Verdi, La Traviata
G. Verdi, Macbeth
G. Verdi, Nabucco
G. Verdi, Otello
G. Verdi, Rigoletto
G. Verdi, Don Carlos