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).
Based on the bestselling memoir by Sister Helen Prejean, this popular opera chronicles the story of a convicted Louisiana murderer who is befriended by a Catholic nun seeking to understand the nature of divine forgiveness. Prejean’s memoir was the basis for the award-winning 1995 film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. With a brilliant libretto by Terrance McNally and a dramatic and incredibly lyric musical setting by Jake Heggie—widely considered one of the great living opera composers—the work’s moral complexity, emotional depth make Dead Man Walking a standout of contemporary opera.
When: April 29th, May 2nd & 5th at 7:30pm, May 7th at 2:00pm
Where: Vancouver, Canada
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre