“…Luciano Di Martino lets the orchestra play Puccini in the way you really would love to hear it.” Opernnetz.de, Andreas H. Hölscher, 25.05.12
A dynamic and accomplished presence both on the orchestra podium and in the opera pit, Luciano Di Martino is highly acclaimed for his intensity and spontaneity, his precision and musicianship.
He has appeared as a guest conductor with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
Di Martino was invited in 2008 by Simone Young of the Hamburg State Opera to conduct La Traviata. He has been a regular guest conductor there ever since. In 2014, he was invited by choreographer John Neumeier to conduct the Ballet The Little Mermaid, composed by Lera Auerbach, with the Hamburg Ballet Company and the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra. In 2016 he conducted Luisa Miller in a production by Stage Director Andreas Homoki and with soprano Nino Machaidze.
Luciano Di Martino made his highly successful debut in April 2012 at the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv with the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, directing Mariusz Trelinsky’s stylized and powerful production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, a co-production with the Teatr Wielki Warszawa.
As guest conductor in 2012 of the Finale Concert of the TONALi Grand Prix in Hamburg, when he was appointed member of the advisory council of TONALi’s honorary committee, he directed Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with TONALi’s young award winner Alexey Stadler and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
In 2010, Luciano Di Martino was invited by Valery Gergiev to join the Mariinsky Theatre during the Stars of the White Nights festival, during which he conducted a new production of Verdi’s Attila. He has been a regular guest conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre ever since, conducting Aida, Don Carlo, I Pagliacci as well as La Sonnambula and Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah with the Mariinsky Theatre Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. He conducted Laurent Pelly’s new production of L’Elisir d’Amore at the Mariinsky in 2011, with star soprano Anna Netrebko, a co-production of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Opéra Bastille in Paris.
He was guest Conductor with the Orchestra of the Latvian National Opera Riga, the Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Sofia, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana as well as with philharmonic orchestras in Katowice, Macerata, Bursa, Baden-Baden and Novosibirsk, where he successfully conducted works by Stravinsky (The Rite of Spring), Shostakovich (Symphony Nr. 11) and Mahler (Symphony Nr. 5).
Other important stages in Di Martino’s career were conducting Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci at the Tilles Center of the Arts in New York, Tosca at the Luxor Theater in Rotterdam and the Royal Theatre (Koninklijke Schouwburg) in The Hague, Lucia di Lammermoor at the Historic State Theater in Minneapolis, Otello and Tosca at the Novosibirsk Opera Theatre, Rigoletto at the Worcester Music Festival, La Traviata and Carmina Burana at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Madama Butterfly at the Theater Lübeck and Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute at the Staatstheater Nürnberg.
Since 2005, Di Martino has been a permanent guest conductor of the FM-Classic Radio Orchestra in Sofia. His live television broadcasts include gala concerts with such distinguished singers as Kammersängerin Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Ghena Dimitrova, Alexandrina Milcheva, as well as symphony concerts with star soloists Pepe Romero, Uto Ughi, Leticia Moreno and Maxim Vengerov.
Graduated from the Hamburg University of Music and Drama with a degree in orchestral conducting, Di Martino won a scholarship to Siena, where he attended international master classes given by Ilya Musin, Valery Gergiev and Myung-Whun-Chung.