Vancouver Opera is very pleased to announce that Music Director Jonathan Darlington’s appointment has been extended to 2015. Mr. Darlington has been VO’s Music Director since May 2005, having been appointed VO’s Principal Conductor in 2002. His current contract was to have expired in 2012.
“My partnership with Jonathan has been a highlight of my opera career,” said James W. Wright, General Director of Vancouver Opera. “His musicality, professionalism and depth of feeling for the music is inspiring to me, to the orchestra, chorus and principal singers, and to the whole company. I am so happy that he will continue to lead Vancouver Opera’s musical forces.”
Mr. Darlington’s sensitivity for depth and balance, dynamism and infectious enthusiasm are praised by critics and audiences alike. “Music Director Jonathan Darlington elicits extraordinary playing from the highly responsive Vancouver Opera Orchestra,” wrote Robert Jordan in his Opera Canada review of last season’s Madama Butterfly, going on to praise the “waves of passion surging” from the orchestra pit.
Mr. Darlington’s strong musical leadership and reputation for high professional standards have raised the VO Orchestra to great heights, with Vancouver Sun reviewer David Gordon Duke applauding “the sensitive work of the VO Orchestra, led with dash and real verve by Jonathan Darlington” in his review of 2010’s Lucia di Lammermoor. “Conductor Jonathan Darlington makes the orchestra (which is often at intricate cross purposes with the singers) a living presence throughout the opera. His pacing is brisk but supple, his balance meticulous,” agrees Elissa Poole in her Globe and Mail review of 2009’s Salome.
Mr. Darlington said, “I have spent some of the happiest years of my life as Music Director of Vancouver Opera and to have the chance to further develop this wonderful partnership with such a vibrant company is something I’m looking forward to with enormous pleasure.”
Quoted from Vancouver Opera press release for Feb. 2011.♻ Retweet
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