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Gianluca Martinenghi
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Born10 October 1968
Milan, Italy
🏳️ NationalityItalian
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  1994- present
conducting Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires , Deutsche Oper Berlin , Arena di Verona , Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Opera House

Gianluca Martinenghi[1] is an Italian opera and symphonic music conductor[2].

Early life and background[edit]

Gianluca Martinenghi was born in Milano in 1968. He studied piano with Piero Rattalino and composition with Bruno Bettinelli.[3] He worked as writer musicologist and was published at specialized magazines for piano review like: “Musica”, “Symphonia” and “Piano Time”.[3] At that time he began working in Teatro Regio di Torino as a répétiteur, and that experience introduced him to the operatic repertoire, being an assistant to accomplished musicians such as Gianandrea Gavazzeni and Yuri Ahronovijtch.[3][4]

Later on, he began studying orchestral conducting with Donato Renzetti[5] and Giacomo Zani. His career as a conductor started in 1994 with the Orchestra of Teatro Massimo di Palermo. In the first part of his career, he executed several symphonic concerts and contemporary 20th Century productions by Benjamin Britten and Hans Werner Henze.[6][4]

Gianluca Martinenghi was born in Milano in 1968. He studied piano with Piero Rattalino and composition with Bruno Bettinelli[3]. Later on, he began studying orchestral conducting with Donato Renzetti[5] and Giacomo Zani[7]. He was associated with Teatro Massimo di Palermo[8] while working as a conductor.[9]



The first production of Martinenghi at Teatro Massimo od Palermo was in the year 2001 when he conducted “Don Pasquale” by Gaetano Donizetti at Teatro Donizetti of Bergamo, then 2002 he conducted “I Capuleti e Montecchi” by Vincenzo Bellini at Teatro Massimo of Palermo. The same year he returned in Bergamo to conduct the opera "Il campanello” by Gaetano Donizetti and returned next year, 2003 to conduct the opera “Le convenieze e inconvenienze teatrali”. In 2004 he made his debut in the Teatro Bellini of Catania conducting the opera “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi, the same year he came back two more times in Catania to conduct “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff and in the Opera “Ugo Conte di Parigi” by Gaetano Donizetti. He also conducted “La Figlia del Reggimento” by Gaetano Donizetti at the Teatro Donizetti of Bergamo.

In 2005 he made his debut at Teatro Comunale of Bologna conducting “ La Sonnambula” by Vincenzo Bellini, then he conducted “Il giocatore” by Luigi Cherubini[10] at Teatro Bellini of Catania. That same year he made his debut at Teatro Villamarta di Jerez conducting the opera “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” by Gioachino Rossini and then returned to Teatro Massimo of Palermo to conduct “In Pierino e il lupo”[11] by Sergei Prokofiev. Lastly he conducted two contemporary operas at Teatro Donizetti of Bergamo by Lucio Gregoretti “Il piccolo cantore” and “Una furtiva Lagrima”.

In 2006 he conducted the opera “Le Pêcheurs de Perles” by Georges Bizet at the Teatro Principal de Palma de Mallorca and “Otello” By Giuseppe Verdi at Teatro Sociale di Rovigo.[12] and Teatro Fondazione Haydn di Trento e Bolzano.

That year he conducted his first ballet “Sylphide” at Teatro dell’Opera of Roma with the choreography by Carla Fracci. During 2007 he conducted again “Otello” by Giuseppe Verdi at Teatro Coccia[13] of Novara. He made his debut in Ireland conducting “Don Pasquale” by Gaetano Donizetti at RDS[14] Concert Hall in Dublin. Later on that year, he conducted “Il Trovatore” by Giuseppe Verdi at Teatro Villamarta di Jerez and “Andrea Chenier” by Umberto Giordano in few venues: at Teatro Sociale of Rovigo and into 2008 at Teatro Politeama di Catanzaro, Teatro Santa Chiara of Trento and Teatro Goldoni of Livorno[15].

In 2008 he made one of his most important debut conducting “Lucia di Lammermoor” by Gaetano Donizetti at Deutche Oper of Berlin. Later on, he conducted a gala concert with Angeles Blanca in the Auditorium Villegas of Murcia and again “Lucia di Lammermoor” in the National Theater of Tirana, Albania.

At 2009 he conducted “Elisir d’amore” by Gaetano Donizetti at Teatro Villamarta di Jerez[16], the famous “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi at Fondazione Arena di Verona[17], “Don Giovanni” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at Fesival di Avenches[18], “La canterina” by Franz Joseph Haydn and “Die Schauspieldirektor” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the Ópera de Tenerife and finally Tosca by Giacomo Puccini at the Auditorium Villegas of Murcia.[19]


In 2010 he conducted the opera “Manon Lescaut” by Giacomo Puccini at the Teatri Kombëtar I Operas Baletit of Tirana, Teatro comunale Luciano Pavarotti of Modena, Teatro Municipale of Piacenza and Teatro Comunale of Ferrara.[20] He also conducted “Barbiere di Siviglia” by Gioachino Rossini at “Semaine Italienne” in Montreal- Canada, “La Boheme” by Giacomo Puccini at Cultural Centre of Hong Kong[21] and at Teatro Cilea of Reggio Calabria[22], “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini at Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.[23]

In 2011 conducted three concerts , at the Teatro Petruzzelli of Bari,[24] at Teatro Politeama of Catanzaro and at at Fondazione Arena di Verona. He conducted “Don Pasquale” by Gaetano Donizetti at Teatro VIllamarta di Jerez, he made his American debut at the Palm Beach Opera with “Così fan tutte” by W.A.Mozart.[25] He also conducted “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi in Montreal Canada, “La Traviata” at Theater Lübeck and “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini at the Ópera de Tenerife.[26]

In 2012 he had the concert with the Rundfunk Munchenorchester at the Prinzregententheater and he concert with the Orchestra Philarmonique of Montreal, Canada. He conducted another concert with the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana at the Sferisterio di Macerata. He did three operatic titles that year, “Iris” by P. Mascagni at the Fondazione Arena di Verona, “Elisir d’amore” by Gaetano Donizetti at Seimane Italienne of Montreal and “Nabucco” by Giuseppe Verdi at Teatro Verdi of Pisa.[27]

He realised three concerts at 2013, at the Teatro Rendano of Cosenza, Teatro Municipal of Campinas, the International Festival of Dubrovnik and at the National Theatre of Slovenia, and two opera performances. “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi at Festival of Taormina and “I’taliana in Algeri” by G. Rossini at NCPA Beijing.[28]

In the year 2014, Gianluca performed at the Macedonian Opera and Ballet. There he conducted “Simon Boccanegra” by Giuseppe Verdi[29] and “Turandot” by G. Puccini, “Italiana in Algeri” by Rossini at SNG Maribor, “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi at Teatro Greco of Siracusa, “Madama Butterfly” by G. Puccini at Semaine Italienne of Montreal, “Il Ghetto di Colombini” at Teatro Verdi of Pisa[30] and five concerts; at Teatro Campoamor of Oviedo, Fondazione Arena di Verona, Rector’s Palace Atrium of Dubrovnik, Sala NCA di Marina di Carrara with the orchestra of Teatro Carlo Felice of Genova and conducted also the symphonic orchestra of Torre del Lago at Palamontepaschi of Chianciano.

In 2015 he made his debut at the Sydney Opera House conducting “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini[31] and the same title, but different production at HNK Split, Croatia. “Dialogues des Carmelites” by F. Poulenc at SNG Maribor, “Don Giovanni” at Teatro Verdi of Salerno, “Macbeth” by Giuseppe Verdi at Macedonian Opera and Ballet, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” by Gioachino Rossini at Semaine Italienne in Montreal, “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi at HNK Split[32] and “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini at Hong Kong[33]. He also conducted a concert with the symphonic orchestra of Montecarlo at the Auditorium Ranieri III of Montecarlo.

During 2016 he was nominated chief conductor of the Macedonian Opera and Ballet and conducted “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi, “Turandot” by Giacomo Puccini and “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” by Gioachino Rossini. Further on he conducted “La Boheme” by Giacomo Puccini at Sao Paolo, Brazil, “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini at Semaine Italienne in Montreal, “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi at Opera Schenkenberg, “Don Pasquale” by Gaetano Donizetti at SNG Maribor.

Conduct at Major Concerts[edit]

Following the early career, he is known to be invited to conduct concerts which includes: Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Orchestre Philarmonique de Montecarlo,The National Hungarian Filarmomic Orchestra[34], Orquesta del Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires,[35]

Orquesta Sinfonica of Tenerife,[36] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra[37][38], Orquesta Sinfonica de Malaga, Orchestra Toscanini di Parma,[39] Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ochestra Sinfonica dello Sferisterio di Macerata, Orchestra del Festival Puccini di Torre del Lago, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova,[40] Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari.[41]


As an operatic conductor, Martinenghi has some notable titles in his repertoire including : Teatro Comunale di Bologna[42], Teatro dell'Opera di Roma[43], Arena di Verona[44], Teatro Bellini di Catania, Deutsche Oper Berlin[45], NCPA Beijing[46], Seoul Opera Center, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan[47], Teatro Lirico di Cagliari[48], Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo[49], Teatro Pavarotti di Modena[50], Opera Ireland[51], Palm Beach Opera[52], Teatro Goldoni di Livorno, Teatro Verdi di Pisa, Slovenian National Theatre[53][54], Macedonian National Theatre[55], Sydney Opera House[56], Croatian National Theatre[57], Grand Theatre de Tours[58] and Georgian National Theatre[59].

He was also Vice Director of Teatro Massimo di Palermo and the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He is also known for collaborating with Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Seji Ozawa etc[60].

Nominations and Accolades[edit]

He was nominated Principal Guest Conductor to the Tenerife Opera Festival[61] in the period included between 2009/2011[62] and Chief Conductor of Macedonian Opera Theatre from 2016 until 2018[63].


  • "L'arca di Noè" Benjamin Britten, Fondazione Teatro Massimo Palermo, 2002
  • "Duetti Verdiani" Amarilli Nizza- Roberto Frontali, Orchestra del Teatro di Slesia e Moravia "A.Dvorak, 2010[64].
  • "Amarilli Nizza Puccini"- Orchestra of the Dvorak Theatre of Ostrava, 2008
  • "This is my Verdi"- Amarilli Nizza, Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, 2015
  • "Gianluca Terranova canta Caruso" Orchestra Fondazione Arena di Verona, 2012.

Other work[edit]

Taormina Festival the television broad castes worldwide with Rigoletto[65].


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