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…
The supreme example of Viennese operetta, Die Fledermaus both defines and transcends that genre. Its story centers on a magnificent masked ball, given by a Russian prince, that brings together all the main characters in various disguises. The three-act journey from boudoir to ballroom to jail provides ample opportunities for farce and humor, but also for genuine human emotion and a surprisingly realistic view of urban life.
When: December 27 – January 14 2016
Where: Dresden, Germany
Venue: Semperoper Dresden