About Jonathan Darlington
Jonathan Darlington is currently Music Director of Vancouver Opera, a title he is proud to have held for over a decade, and where he has led the company in productions ranging from Mozart to Tan Dun.
Born and educated in England, he is fluent in several languages and currently resides in Paris.
Maestro Darlington has conducted an impressive array of ensembles in many of the world’s greatest concert halls and opera houses.
Recent engagements include performances in opera and concert with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Staatsoper, the Staatskapelle Dresden at the Semperoper, l’Orchestre National de France, the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Paris Opera Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and l’Orchestre de Paris.
Engagements in the immediate future see him return to the Semperoper Dresden (Die Zauberflöte and Die Fledermaus), Frankfurt Opera (The Makropulos Case), the Swedish Royal Opera (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Opera Australia Così fan tutte).
Best Opera Ever?
Jonathan Darlington sat down with Ben Heppner, host of CBC Radio 2’s new podcast Best Operas Ever, to discuss why a certain recording of Weber’s Der Freischütz is his all-time favourite, and to share a story of a crucial audition which very nearly turned to catastrophe…
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Robert Carson production, in association with the Aix en Provence Festival.
When: October 15th & 16th, 2016
Where: Beijing, China
Venue: Poly Theatre
The story of The Magic Flute focuses on the triumph of reason and virtue over irrationality and evil. This concept was important in Freemasonry, a fraternal order that was popular during the Enlightenment and of which Mozart was a member. The opera’s plot borrows symbolism from Masonic ritual, in which members progress through levels of self-understanding in a personal quest for knowledge.
The Magic Flute is set in ancient Egypt. Its story centers around Tamino, a young prince who enters a quest to win the hand of the princess, whose name is Pamina. To marry Pamina, Tamino must undergo a series of initiation rites (symbolic of those found in Freemasonry) which test his dedication to reason.
Throughout the story, Tamino is caught between two powerful, symbolic figures. Sarastro, the high priest of Isis and Osiris, leads Tamino through his search for wisdom and symbolizes the power of reason. The Queen of the Night tries to destroy Sarastro and lure Tamino and Pamina into her power; she represents irrationality.
When: October 27 – November 18
Where: Dresden, Germany
Venue: Semperoper Dresden