Gianluca Martinenghi - Direttore - W Print

Gianluca Martinenghi studied piano with Piero Rattalino and composition with Bruno Bettinelli. He began studying conducting with Donato Renzetti and Giacomo Zani,  collaborating for the direction of youth orchestras.
He also began to develop his career as a musicologist, writing essays specifically about the piano for magazines such as Musica, Symphonia and Piano Time. At the same time he embarked on a career in the theatre, beginning at Teatro Regio di Torino where he worked as head of music, which enabled him to familiarise himself with the operatic repertory, assisting highly respected musicians such as Gianandrea Gavazzeni and Yuri Ahronovitch. 
From 2016 he is Chief Conductor of Macedonian National Theatre.

With the orchestra of Teatro Massimo di Palermo he conducted many symphony concerts and important 20th Century productions, including Britten’s Noyes Fludde (also recorded for CD), Pollicino by  Henze and Una Favola Per Caso by Sani and Gregoretti. 
In addition to his appearances with Teatro Massimo di Palermo, he has conducted at many other important theatres, including Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Arena di Verona, Teatro Bellini di Catania, Deutsche Opera Berlin, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo, Teatro Pavarotti di Modena, Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Opera Ireland, National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Tirana, Palm Beach Opera, Teatro Goldoni di Livorno, Teatro Verdi di Pisa, Slovenian National Theatre of Maribor, Macedonian National Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Teatro Verdi di Salerno, Croatian National Theatre and Theater Lübeck, combinging operatice worth with symphony concerts with such orchestras as L’Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, L’Orchestra Regionale dell’Abruzzo, the Orchestra Sinfonica of Malaga, the Orchestra Sinfonica of the Balearic Islands, the Orchestra Sinfonica of the City of Murcia, the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, Symphonic Orchestra of Laval, l'Orchestra Sinfonica di Campinas, l'Orchestra Sinfonica of Tenerife, L’Orchestra Toscanini di Parma, Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra, Maribor Symphony Orchestra, l' Ochestra Sinfonica di Macerata, l'Orchestra Festival Puccini di Torre del Lago, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, L'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Philarmonique de Montecarlo, National Hungarian Filarmomic Orchestra.

Among his most significant performances are Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Teatro Massimo di Palermo; Don Pasquale, Il Campanello and La Figlia del Reggimento at Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo; La Traviata and Carmina Burana at Teatro Bellini di Catania and La Sonnambula at Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Otello e Andrea Chénier in a tour of some of the more important “Teatri di Tradizione”. Afterwards he made his successful debut with Opera Ireland conducting Don Pasquale, returning to the company to conduct Tosca.
He made his debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin with Lucia di Lammermoor; at the Arena di Verona conducting La Traviata and at the Avenches Opera Festival with Don Giovanni.

Mr Martinenghi was invited at the inauguration of the Tenerife Festival to conduct Falstaff and moreover Tosca; he took part in the highly considered project of the Compagnia di Opera Brasiliana conducting ll Barbiere di Siviglia and made his US debut with Così Fan Tutte at Palm Beach Opera.  

In 2012 he conducted two of the most important international orchestras: Münchner Rundfunkorchester and L'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and was invited to conduct the rarely performed Iris by Mascagni for the Fondazione Arena di Verona (which previously had only been conducted at Verona by Mascagni himself) achieving considerable success from both press and public.

In 2015 won the price of critic with Slovenian National Theatre for Dialogues Des Carmelites.He received excellent reviews for the CD recordings of Puccini and Verdi Arias and Verdi Duets with the soprano Amarilli Nizza and Roberto Frontali. He recorded also CD with Orchestra dell'Arena di Verona for EMI for a tribute to Enrico Caruso.

Recently he conducted at Festival of Dubrovnik, in Macedonian National Theatre and in NCPA of  Beijing. He debuted with National Hungarian Filarmonic Orchestra in a Gala with Diana Damrau and in Seoul Art Center with Il Trovatore. Moreover Tosca in prestigious tournée in Japan with Teatro Massimo in Palermo and debuted in Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires; Carmen and Don Giovanni in China; La Bohème in a italian tour and in Skopje and Montereal.


August 2018



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