Character tenor, Thomas Cilluffo, is quickly garnering praise for his powerful voice and impressive acting: “Thomas Cilluffo made our blood run cold with his delivery of the nasty “Aria of the Worm” from Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles. He has a full and powerful voice, and an interesting and unusual tonal quality, which he employed to create a character. We shivered with his biting enunciation of final consonants.” –Voce di Meche.
The 2022-2023 season marks Mr. Cilluffo’s European debut with both Teatro Regio Torino and Deutsche Oper Berlin. He also makes his return 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.Read more
A dark horse in competition, Mr. Cilluffo received first place in the 2022 Premiere Opera Foundation International Vocal Competition; and he was a finalist in the 2022 George London Foundation Competition, the 2022 Gerda Lissner Opera Competition, and the 2021 Gerda Lissner Lieder Competition.
Role credits include Belfiore in La finta giardiniera, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Spoletta in Tosca, the Witch in Hansel & Gretel, Adolfo Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the title role in Roméo et Juliette with opera companies including Portland Opera, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, and Opera Colorado.
Thomas Cilluffo received his BM / MM from the University of Michigan where he studied under the legendary tenor, George Shirley.
“Thomas Rafeld Cilluffo made a particularly strong impression, revealing a bright, warm, agile tenor and abundant stylistic flourish in the “Venti scudi “duet from L’Elisir d’Amore. […]Cillufo sounded like he could move confidently into the Flórez repertoire before too long.”
“…And tenor Thomas Ciluffo was wonderful as Belfiore, […] quick and pointed on his feet, vocally flexible, strong, pleasant, and accurate.”
“Thomas Cilluffo made our blood run cold with his delivery of the nasty “Aria of the Worm” from Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles. He has a full and powerful voice and an interesting and unusual tonal quality which he employed to create a character. We shivered with his biting enunciation of final consonants.”