Luciano Di Martino celebrated his highly successful debut at the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv with the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion in April 2012, conducting Mariusz Trelinsky’s stylized and powerful production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Ira Bertman and Zoran Todorovic in the leading roles.
Luciano Di Martino was recently appointed member of the advisory council of the honorary committee of the Tonali competition in Hamburg.
In August 2012 he was Guest Conductor of the Finale Concert of the TONALi Grand Prix 2012 in Hamburg, conducting Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the young award winner Alexey Stadler and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
In July 2010 he was invited by Valery Gergiev to join the Mariinsky Theatre during the Stars of the White Nights festival, where he conducted a new production of Verdi’s Attila with Soprano Maria Guleghina and the young Bass Ildar Abdrazakov in the title roles. 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.
In January 2011 Luciano Di Martino celebrated a big personal success at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre conducting the new Laurent Pelly’s production of L‘Elisir d’amore with star-soprano Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott, a co-production of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Opéra Bastille in Paris, staged by the German Director Christian Raeth, Guest Stage Director oft the Mariinsky Theatre Production.
In 2008 Di Martino had a successful debut at the Hamburg State Opera with La Traviata and has been a regular guest conductor there, ever since.
Luciano Di Martino graduated from the Hamburg University of Music and Drama in Orchestral Conducting and won a scholarship to Siena, where he attended international master-classes given by Ilya Musin, Valery Gergiev and Myung-Whun Chung.
From 2000–2004 Di Martino served as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Bulgarian State Opera in Stara Zagora. In 2004 he conducted Boris Christoff’s Anniversary Concert at the Sofia National Opera and in 2006 he conducted Verdi’s Requiem in memory of Ghena Dimitrova.
Other important stages in Di Martino’s career were conducting Don Carlos, Macbeth and Turandot in Salzburg, Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci in New York, Tosca in Rotterdam and Den Haag, Lucia di Lammermoor in Minneapolis, Il Trovatore in Lisbon, Aida in Strasbourg, Otello and Tosca in Novosibirsk, La Boheme in New Brunswick, Rigoletto at the Worcester Music Festival, La Traviata and Carmina Burana in Thessaloniki, Madama Butterfly in Luebeck and Don Giovanni in Nuernberg.
During his career he has also worked with the Philharmonic Orchestras of Baden-Baden, Hamburg, Luebeck, Nuernberg, Novosibirsk, Katovice and Macerata and with the Symphony Orchestras of Hamburg, Thessaloniki, Solingen and Sofia National Radio. Since 2005 Di Martino has been a permanent guest conductor of the FM-Classic Radio Symphony Orchestra in Sofia.
His live television broadcasts include gala concerts with such distinguished singers as Ghena Dimitrova and Anna Tomowa-Sintow, as well as symphony concerts with star soloists Pepe Romero, Leticia Moreno, Uto Ughi and Maxim Vengerov.
Updated in March 2013