12.30.14Best of 2014: Classical Music and Opera

#4: Macbeth (Bloch) with Chicago Opera Theater
"Francesco Milioto's conducting made this more than a curiosity"
#9: Bluebeard's Castle (Bartok) with the New Millennium Orchestra

Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times

12.05.14'Bluebeard's Castle" right at home in Thalia Hall

"Francesco Milioto, the go-to young conductor for many projects in Chicago" Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times

09.14.14The other "Macbeth" is a fascinating discovery at COT

"Francesco Milioto leads a fine 36-member orchestra (drawn from the Chicago Sinfonietta) with an alert, decisive hand..."
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

06.02.14Reviews for "A Double Bill" with Chicago opera Theater

Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times:
“…and the idiomatic and seductive conducting of Francesco Milioto.."

“Francesco Milioto and the 18 piece (ensemble) made the 85 minute work something of a musical revelation."

John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune:
“Francesco Milioto presides with verve and bite!"
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

Larry Johnson, Chicago Classical Review:
“Francesco Milioto led a tight and responsive performance in the pit. Milioto’s energetic conducting and fine textural clarity provided Orff’s score with superb advocacy."

10.03.13Verdi's music is beautifully handled by Francesco Milioto and the New Millennium Orchestra

"...Verdi’s music is phenomenal here and beautifully handled by the New Millennium Orchestra, conducted by Francesco Milioto. From the foreboding of the overture to the soaring solo winds, the New Millennium Verdi’s music beautifully around Schweizer’s impressive vision for this complicated work."

09.29.13Chicago Tribune says Francesco brought Verdian brio to Joan of Arc

"Conductor Francesco Milioto brought more Verdian brio, excitement and forward thrust than plasticity of phrasing to the score. His New Millennium Orchestra played quite well for him.." John von Rhein

09.29.13Chicago Classical Review names Francesco Milioto most underrated conductor in Chicago!

"..the one bright spot of the .. evening was the company debut of Francesco Milioto and his New Millennium Orchestra...Chicago’s most underrated conductor led his players in a vital and idiomatic account of ... the score." Lawrence Johnson

09.29.13Chicago Now: NMO, conducted by Francesco Milioto put me in awe

"The New Millennium Orchestra, conducted by Francesco Milioto, put me in awe of the brilliance of Verdi’s opera. Overall, the Chicago Opera Theater’s creative approach, beautiful music and entertainment throughout make Joan of Arc a must-go..." Anna Dron

09.29.13Superb New Millennium Orchestra conducted by Francesco Milioto

"The superb New Millennium Orchestra (conducted by Francesco Milioto)...take the music to all the heights Verdi mapped out long ago." Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Cinema Chicago