DOUGLAS MARTIN CONDUCTOR
...combines the rhythmic energy of early 20th-century traditions with a modern sense of expansion and possibility.
In April 2017, Eve Queler, the incomparable operatic trailblazer, offered to share an Opera Gala honoring Giuseppe Giacomini with Maestro Martin at Zankel Hall in New York City. Mr. Martin led Dongwon Shin, Natasha Novitskaya, Grigory Soloviov, Sharon Azrieli, and Tim Renner in operatic arias and duets accompanied by members of the Opera Orchestra of New York.
In 2013 Mr. Martin met renaissance man and stage director Nathan Hull at Amore Opera. Amore Opera was begun as a living memorial to Tony Amato's 60 years at Amato Opera. Amore Opera features a passionate all-volunteer orchestra. Highlights of their 7 year partnership included a Gala with international artists Francisco Casanova, Aprile Millo, and counter-tenor Nicholas Tamagna; and the American Staged Premiere performances of Donizetti's 7th opera La Zingara at Riverside Church in New York City. The 1822 work features energetic, Mozartian ensembles, aching bel canto cavatinas, and slapstick humor. Nathan recently died and will be remembered fondly by thousands.
During 2002-2004, Mr. Martin conducted 100 performances of Baz Luhrmann's production of La Boheme on Broadway in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. A big thank you to the wonderful Constantine Kitsopoulos - music director. Singers from the original casts who continue to distinguish themselves include:
Alf Boe, Eugene Brancoveanu, Ben Davis, Jesus Garcia, David Miller, and Daniel Okulich.
In August 2012 Mr. Martin led the atmospheric and complex Concerto for Choir; and the humorous Go For Broke by Peter Schickele at the rising Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, near Woodstock, NY - honoring the composer in attendance.
In 2011, Mr. Martin conducted a highly successful production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the talented stage director Dean Anthony for Opera on the James, in Lynchburg, Virginia.
For Anchorage Opera's glittering opening night Gala in 2010, Mr. Martin guided the Metropolitan Opera artists Janinah Burnett, Yegishe Manucharyan; the gifted Todd Robinson, and talented Alaskan artists in an evening of operatic french masterpieces.
Overture "Il Barbiere di Sivilglia"