Review: Opening concert of the music festival

Karl Georg Berg, Die Rheinpfalz, 29th June 2023

“After a festive first part of the overture, Michael Francis ignited a multitude of musical firecrackers in dazzling colors at the current opening concert, at least in the fast main part [of Haydn’s Music for the Royal Fireworks], and unfolded an igniting and brilliant sound magic. The […]

Review: Mainly Mozart Festival Brings Mahler to The Conrad

Ken Herman, San Diego Story, 21st June 2023

“Michael Francis conducted a well-considered, beautifully shaped account of the symphony, giving ample space for Mahler’s cornucopia of themes to unfold with languid ease–as the composer instructed–while maintaining a clear sense of direction and purpose.”

Review: Mainly Mozart offers memorable concert with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott

Christian Hertzog, The San Diego Union-Tribune, 20th June 2023

“Gustav Mahler arranged Beethoven’s String Quartet for a string orchestra. It’s an effective transformation, especially when played as well as the All-Star Orchestra strings did under Francis’ direction. Attacks and intonation were precise. There was no loss of textural clarity in the arrangement, and lyrical lines […]

Review: Mainly Mozart and Michael Francis make magic at Surf Sports Park

Christian Hertzog, The San Diego Union-Tribune, 16th June 2023

“Francis has a knack for finding new insights into standard repertory. He brought this talent to his interpretation of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Beethoven’s 8th is typically treated as a fun, lightweight work, but Francis sees it as an architectural marvel like the 5th or 7th […]

Bruckner Writ Small? Handful of Floridians Tap Into Heart Of 7th

Kurt Loft, Classical Voice North America, 19th April 2023

Mention the name Anton Bruckner and you might expect crickets from friends and two-for-one tickets at the box office. Unless you’re in the big city, Bruckner is a tough sell, as his colossal, unhurried works require stamina on both sides of the proscenium.

The Florida Orchestra will […]

Michael Francis extends contract as chief conductor of the German State Philharmonic

Frank Pommer, Rheinpfalz, 27th March 2023

“Since the 2019/2020 season, the British conductor Michael Francis has been the principal conductor of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz. Now his contract has been extended early for another five years. Why this is good news for Ludwigshafen, the region, and of course, the orchestra.
If you want to describe Michael […]

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Mozart’s Birthday with A Superb Requiem

Joseph So, La Scena Musicale, 12th January 2023

“With British conductor Michael Francis at the helm, the evening opened dramatically, in a totally dark theatre, with “O virtus Sapientiae,” an ode to wisdom, by Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). Ten female members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Singers entered downstage and slowly crossed from left to right, […]

TSO – TMC Mozart Requiem: Best Concert of the Year

Leslie Barcza, Barczablog, 12th January 2023

“…it was truly brilliant.

The Toronto Symphony and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir were led tonight by Michael Francis in a program that left me speechless with wonder…

Tonight it was as though someone (Francis? Or the ghosts of Mozart, Allegri, Beethoven & Van Bingen) sought to consecrate the hall, to […]

Tampa native’s violin concerto will be performed for the first time ever this weekend

Maggie Duffy, Tampa Bay Times, 1st December 2022

The Florida Orchestra debuts the world premiere of Violin Concerto by Tampa native Michael Ippolito from Friday through Sunday. It was specifically written for concertmaster Jeffrey Multer and is part of the Masterworks concert series featuring Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

Ippolito, 37, is a graduate of Brandon High […]

Currie/Philharmonia/Francis review

Andrew Clements, Guardian, 25th November 2022

“Bedford’s piece, Staggered Nocturne, which was composed for Currie and commissioned by the Philharmonia, was receiving its premiere – the first performance had been originally scheduled for 2020. As the title suggests, it’s not by any means a conventional concerto crammed with flashy percussion writing, though that doesn’t mean […]