orchestral & opera conductor
© 2019 by Diego Martin-Etxebarria
On the 22/23 season Maestro Etxebarria returns to Teatro Real (Madrid) conducting an Opera Gala with Carlos Álvarez and Gregory Kunde. New titles include Janacek's "Das schlaue Füchslein", Prokofiev's "Cinderella" and Léhar's "Die lustige Witwe", as well as the debut next to the Filharmonía de Galicia.
Principal Resident Conductor of the Chemnitz Opera House since 2020 he has been Principal Resident Conductor and Deputy Music Director of the Opera Houses in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach from 2016 to 2020. Diego 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.
Highlights of the season 2022/23 include opera (a Gala next to Gregory Kunde and Carlos Álvarez at Teatro Real, Janacek's "Das schlaue Füchslein" and Léhar's "Die lustige Witwe" at the Theater Chemnitz) and ballet (Prokofiev's "Cinderella") as well as several concerts leading the Robert Schumann Philharmonie. Maestro Etxebarria will also give his debut next to the Filharmonía de Galicia with works by Georges Bizet and Germaine Tailleferre.
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, Philharmonisches Orhester Freiburg 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, Barcelona Symphony, Tenerife Symphony, the City of Granada Orchestra, Málaga Philharmonic, Oviedo Philharmonia as well as the Vallés 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", Humperdinck's "Hänsel und Gretel", Zimmermann's "Der Schuhu und die fliegende Prinzessin" at the Theater Chemnitz; 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 August 2022
"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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