Having performed in more than two hundred benefit events from 2008 to 2018, his commitment to making art with a purpose and his involvement in numerous charitable causes has earned Luciano Lamonarca the nickname “The Goodwill Tenor.” An example of his generosity was his first album “Mamma.” Part of the proceeds from its sales was donated to the City of Hope in Zambia, a missionary project by the Salesian Nuns that helped orphan girl victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. In December 2010, Luciano organized and performed at Carnegie Hall in the December 2010 concert “United for Peace”, a tribute to the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the United Nations Logistics Base located in Brindisi, Apulia. He went on to initiate, organize, and perform in the project “United for Abruzzo,” an artistic tour of Manhattan, Staten Island, and Pennsylvania with the goal of raising funds for the victims of the earthquake in Abruzzo in 2009. In the spring of 2011 he introduced two very important philanthropic projects. The first was “An Evening of Italian Opera Arias,” a gift of voice for cancer patients, families, and friends, in support of musculoskeletal cancer research arranged through the Wintergarden program at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center. The second was the April 2011 benefit concert “Luciano Lamonarca and Friends” at Victor Borge Hall at the Scandinavia House on behalf of the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. The 2012 release of his second album “The Impossible Dream,” an outstanding compilation of Italian operatic arias and American pop-operatic hits, made in partnership with The New York Choral Society. Part of the proceeds from each downloaded song was donated to the Mini Maestros Program, which enables New York City public school students and their parents to attend New York Choral Society performances at Carnegie Hall at no cost.
Luciano has consistently sought to amplify the effectiveness of his work through associating with large organizations whose objectives match his own. An example has been his advocacy of United Nations Academic Impact, an educational and artistic initiative of the United Nations. Through this program, he has been able to leverage his charitable efforts to support many artistic-philanthropic events that have benefitted orphans and the poor from various communities in the United States.