Born in Palmi near Reggio di Calabria, Cilea gave early indication of an aptitude for music when at the age of four he heard a performance of Vincenzo Bellini's Norma and was greatly affected by it. He was sent to study music at the Conservatorio di San Pietro a Majella in Naples, where he quickly demonstrated his diligence and precocious talent, earning a gold medal from the Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione (Department of Education).
Adriana Lecouvreur (2009)
Adriana Lecouvreur by F.Cilea, from Torino Teatro Regio, 2009. Directed by Lorenzo Mariani, conductor Renato Palumbo, starring Micaela Carosi, Marcelo Álvarez, Giuseppe Milano, Marianne Cornetti, Carlo Bosi, Alfonso Antoniozzi, Micaela Carosi, Simone del Savio, Antonella de Chiara, Patrizia Porzi...