|Year of Birth:||1962|
Francesco Anile (born 12 February 1962 in Polistena) is an Italian tenor. He regularly sings in Italy and abroad, performing in theatres such as the Teatro Massimo in Palermo and San Carlo in Naples. Turandot, Norma and Otello are some of the works of his repertory which he plays with more strength and character. In March 2009, he was Manrico in Verdi's Il trovatore, and he has performed Canio in Pagliacci, directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
Graduated in clarinet and singing at the "F. Cilea" Conservatory of Reggio Calabria, Francesco Anile completed his studies with the baritone Aldo Protti in Cremona, and later as a tenor with Ottavio Taddei in Firenze. In 2001, he took a high-specialization course at Opera Verdi Festival in Parma, under the supervision of Renata Scotto.
Anile made his New York City Opera debut on the NYCO's Opening Night for the 2016-17 season, on September 8, 2016 in a new production double bill of two operas that both premiered in May 1892. He debuted as Canio in Pagliacci directed by Lev Pugliese with conductor James Meena leading the NYCO Orchestra at Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall. New York Classical Review wrote: "Anile ... has the voice: a clear, expressive instrument that pleasantly “pings” above the orchestra, and equally, what appears to be a fountain of acting chops. In the famous scene in which Canio realizes that Nedda has been unfaithful, the soft sobbing into his costume was undeniably affecting. And when he leaped onstage to open the traveling show, his drunkenness was believable, not overdone." The Huffington Post wrote: "Anile’s Canio was a virile, force of nature performance."