Short Official Biography:
Whether on the concert platform or in the opera house pit, the list of world-class ensembles that Jonathan Darlington has conducted in his career is extensive. In the most recent past they include:the Vienna Philharmonic at the Staatsoper, the Staatskapelle Dresden at the Semperoper, the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, l’Orchestre National de France, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He is renowned for his broad repertoire and equally at home in baroque or contemporary music. Together with this season’s productions for Vancouver opera, upcoming events include return visits to Opera Australia in Sydney, the Semperoper Dresden, Frankfurt Opera, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Staatsoper Hannover Orchester, L’Orchestre de Montpellier and culminating in his début with the Orchestre de Paris at the new Paris concert hall the ‘Philharmonie’ .
Jonathan Darlington is Music Director of Vancouver Opera and, until recently, of the Duisburger Philharmoniker in Germany. With both ensembles he has enjoyed a hugely successful relationship. With the latter that success was rewarded with the German Music Publisher’s prize and the Echo Klassic prize for the best concerto recording (the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto) with Susanna Yoko-Henkel. He is a recipient of the coveted “Musikpreis der Köhler-Osbar-Stiftung” whose past recipients include Yehudi Menuhin, Alfred Brendel, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hans Werner Henze, Krzysztof Penderecki, Pina Bausch……
Jonathan Darlington began his professional life as a chamber musician mainly in the field of Lieder recitals. This led to an increased understanding and passion for the art of singing and subsequent engagements not only as a repetiteur in opera houses but also for Radio France in Paris. It was there that he was lucky enough to play for rehearsals of great musical personalities such as Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Muti…He was subsequently engaged as assistant to the music director for the opening of the Paris Opera Bastille in 1991, and took over a series of performances of Le Nozze di Figaro at 24 hours notice with a star studded cast and began his conducting career in ernest.
Jonathan Darlington graduated from Durham University with a BA (Hons) degree, is the recipient of the French distinction ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’ and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, London.