orchestral & opera conductor
© 2019 by Diego Martin-Etxebarria
The 2023-2024 season brings new orchestras and operatic titles to Maestro Etxebarria's already extensive list, such as W. A. Mozart's "La clemenza di Tito", the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra or the Orquesta Sinfónica de Murcia.
Diego Martin-Etxebarria is one of the most outstanding Spanish musical directors of his generation. His ambitious professional and artistic profile is defined by his multifaceted career that regularly combines opera, symphonic repertoire and ballet from the Baroque period to world premieres. Martin-Etxebarria first came to international attention when he was awarded First Prize, the Hideo Saito Award and the Asahi Award at the Tokyo Conducting Competition in 2015. He has been Principal Resident Conductor at the Chemnitz Opera House since 2020 after serving as Principal Resident Conductor and Deputy Music Director of the Opera Houses in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach from 2016 to 2020.
Maestro Etxebarria has been invited by international orchestras such as the Osaka Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Nagoya Philharmonic, Kansai Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony, Central Aichi Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, Philharmonische Orchester Heidelberg or the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony. In his homeland he has conducted the Spanish National Orchestra, the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony, Bilbao Symphony, Euskadi Symphony, Galicia Symphony, Galicia Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony, Tenerife Symphony, the City of Granada Orchestra, Málaga Philharmonic, Oviedo Philharmonia as well as the Vallès Symphony.
In the operatic field, he has conducted Paul-Heinz Dittrich's Die Verwandlung and Die Blinden at the Berliner Staatsoper; Puccini's La Bohème at the Theater Augsburg; Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Verdi's Aida, Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Janacek's Das schlaue Füchslein, Léhar's Die lustige Witwe, Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Zimmermann's Der Schuhu und die fliegende Prinzessin at the Theater Chemnitz; Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges at the Theater Heidelberg; Donizetti's Don Pasquale in Terrassa; Donizetti's Rita at the Volksbühne in Berlin; Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore in Teatre Principal de Palma, Vigo, Ourense and Pontevedra; Montsalvatge's Puss in boots at the Teatro Real in Madrid; Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at the Kleines Haus Dresden; Bizet's Carmen at the Santa Florentina Festival, Adés' Powder Her Face at the Arriaga Theater in Bilbao; Llorca's Tres sombreros de Copa at the Teatro La Zarzuela (Madrid) Tempesta Esvaïda at the Fortuny Theatre in Reus; Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Menotti's The Consul, Verdi's Nabucco, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana, Offenbach's Orphee aux Enfers, Kálmán's Die Faschingsfee and Dvorak's Rusalka, at the Opera Houses in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach.
He has recently recorded an album for SONY with music by Albert Guinovart conducting the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra as well as Udo Zimmermann's opera Der Schuhu und die fliegende Prinzessin for Deutschlandfunk. Previous recordings include the CD Intimitats with award-winning music by composer Marc Timón, the lyric comedy La Viola d'Or by Enric Morera (Enderrock Award for Best Classical Album Review 2016), the DVD Sinfokids 2 at the head of the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra and the short opera by Joaquim Serra Tempesta esvaïda conducting the Camera Musicae Orchestra.
Martin-Etxebarria began his musical studies at the Conservatories of Amurrio and Vitoria and graduated in orchestra conducting at the University of Music of Catalonia. He was granted by the Humboldt Foundation and the DAAD-La Caixa for post-graduate studies in opera conducting at the Hochschulen in Weimar, Dresden and the Academia Chigiana in Siena with Gianluigi Gelmetti. Other conductors who have influenced his career include Riccardo Frizza, Donato Renzetti, Dima Slobodeniouk, Christopher Seaman, Jesús Lopez Cobos, Titus Engel and Lutz Köhler.
Updated October 2023
"Most crucial to the evening’s success was Diego Martin-Etxebarria, Chemnitz’s principal resident conductor, who expertly marshalled Verdi’s marches and choruses while highlighting subtleties of orchestration in between. The Met’s monumental, literal-minded “Aida” has accustomed me not to think too much about Verdi’s final grand opera; the team in Chemnitz goes considerably deeper."
Mundo Clásico - 07.02.2022
"Maestro Diego Martin-Etxebarria dealt with all the musical and theatrical material with the ability and security of someone well seasoned and well trained in many pits. His work seemed to me meritorious and demanded a great concentration to have everything ordered and channeled."
O-Ton Kulturmagazin - 16.03.2020
"One quickly got used to the open sound in the empty auditorium, especially since Diego Martin Etxebarria with the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker developed an excellent sound volume, colorfulness and delicacy, with which the orchestra meticulously supported the psychogram on stage."
Ópera Actual - 18.11.2019
"Diego Martin-Etxebarria's splendid baton was able to transmit the sonorous essence of the score, conducting an ORCAM very much in keeping with the approach."
Das Opernmagazin - 25.09.2018
"Diego Martin-Etxebarria's musical direction renounced to traditional consecration and grandeur and celebrated a highly modern Mozart with elegance and fluent liveliness. The Niederrheinische Sinfoniker played with stylistic confidence - I would even say with outstanding virtuosity. We haven't heard such a convincing Mozart in a long time - to do so one has to drive far."
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