Hamburg Ballet : John Neumeier’s "The little Mermaid",
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC
Neumeier not only choreographed, but also designed the set, costumes, and lighting. He has a wonderful collaborator, however, in composer Lera Auerbach, whose lush multifaceted score was performed magnificently by the Opera House Orchestra under the baton of Luciano Di Martino with featured violin soloist Anton Barakhovsky.
March 30, 2017 by Alexander C. Kafka, Dctheatrescene, Washington D.C.
Madama Butterfly, Israeli Opera Tel Aviv
“…Italian conductor Luciano di Martino made an excellent debut with Israeli Opera. His conducting was precise and controlled, with excellent balance achieved between the orchestra and the singers. Most importantly, di Martino brought out the contrast between the aggressive fugal writing representing the Americans and the delicate, artificial colors of the Japanese music…”
Opera News, Jehoash Hirshberg, 04.09.12
Madama Butterfly, Theatre Lübeck
“…Luciano di Martino lets the orchestra play Puccini in the way you really would love to hear it. Softly controlled musical passages and highly dramatic rubati come from the orchestra pit. The strings play musically soft and Di Martino conducts the orchestra with liveliness and passion. This evening the music of Puccini sounds overwhelming and the emotions coming from the orchestra pit wonderfully reach singers and audience alike…”
Opernnetz.de, Andreas H. Hölscher, 25.05.12
Brahms 3rd Symphony, Solingen Symphony
“…The German-Italian conductor Luciano Di Martino drew stunning sound and passion from the Orchestra during the grand opening movement and managed to even enhance this during the great finale. The sound of the Orchestra during the middle movements was accompanied by lyrical tenderness and an enlivened growth of awareness. The audience celebrated the musicians with enthusiastic applause…”
Solinger Tageblatt, Christoph Bingel, 23.10.08
La Traviata, Hamburg State Opera
“… Musical tension came from the orchestra pit with the Hamburg Philharmonic under Conductor Luciano Di Martino. Verdi’s music was celebrate full of nuances and vigorous, never too loud or hectic …”
Der Opernfreund, Werner Kittlaus, 04.05.08