American Character tenor, Thomas Cilluffo, is quickly garnering praise for his powerful voice and impressive acting.
The 2022-2023 season marks Mr. Cilluffo’s European debut with both Teatro Regio Torino and Deutsche Oper Berlin. He recently returned to the Santa Fe Opera as “Bardolfo” in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Falstaff, after a triumphant run as “Don Curzio” in Le nozze di Figaro the previous summer. The following season, Mr. Cilluffo will make his company debut with The Dallas Opera as “Spoletta” in Tosca as well as with the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen for their revival of Barrie Kosky’s 2015 Glyndebourne production of Händel’s Saul.
A dark horse in competition, Mr. Cilluffo received first place in the 2022 Premiere Opera Foundation International Vocal Competition, was a quarterfinalist in the 2022 Operalia Competition, was a winner of the 2022 Opera Foundation Competition as well as the 2022 Career Bridges Competition; and was a finalist in the 2022 George London Foundation Competition, the 2022 Gerda Lissner Opera Competition, the 2022 Giulio Gari Competition, and the 2021 Gerda Lissner Lieder Competition.
Mr. Cilluffo will be a competitor in the Tenor Viñas Competition in Barcelona in early 2023.
A jack-of-all-trades, Mr. Cilluffo began making what he calls “Selfie-Operas,” which are essentially short opera scenes produced and performed entirely by him as a way to bring opera up close and personal to people who were confined to their homes, due to the pandemic. (These can be seen on his “Media” page)
Mr. Cilluffo is also an avid craftsman and enjoys making jewelry, woodworking, and blacksmithing. For nearly a decade, Mr. Cilluffo has worked as a craftsman of bespoke conducting batons for orchestral and choral conductors around the world. (see more below)
Thomas Cilluffo received his BM / MM from the University of Michigan where he studied under the legendary tenor, George Shirley.