Jonathan Darlington

Music Director Emeritus - Vancouver Opera



Jonathan Darlington is currently Music Director Emeritus of Vancouver Opera, having completed a highly successful term of almost 20 years as Music Director.  He has led the innovative company in productions ranging from Mozart through Verdi, Puccini and Strauss to Tan Dun and Jake Heggie. He is fluent in several languages and, although born and educated in England, made his home several years ago in Paris.

Whether on the concert platform or in the opera house, the list of world-class ensembles that Jonathan Darlington has conducted is impressive. Most recently these include the Vienna Philhamonic at the Staatsoper, the Staatskapelle Dresden at the Semperoper, the Orchestre National de France, the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Paris Opera Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, L’Orchestre de Paris …….

Engagements in the immediate future see him return to the Wiener Staatsoper (Don Carlo, L’Elisir d’Amore, Madame Butterfly), the Semperoper Dresden (Iphigénie en Tauride and La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein), the Paris Opera (Le Parc) and Frankfurt Opera (Der Prinz von Homburg).

Jonathan possesses a vast symphonic and operatic repertoire from the Baroque to the Contemporary and has a reputation for structuring concert programs that take the listener on a fascinating musical journey owing to their strong inner dramaturgical thread,

01may(may 1)12:00 am31(may 31)12:00 amIn rehearsal for Henze, "The Prince of Homburg”

07jun6:00 pmOper Frankfurt - The Prince of Homburg

13jun7:30 pmOper Frankfurt - The Prince of Homburg

19jun7:30 pmOper Frankfurt - The Prince of Homburg

25jun7:30 pmOper Frankfurt - The Prince of Homburg

01jul7:00 pmSemperoper Dresden - The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein

01jul7:30 pmOper Frankfurt - The Prince of Homburg

04jul7:30 pmOper Frankfurt - The Prince of Homburg

News & Reviews

Bachtrack Review – OCTOBER 28, 2019

"The feeling that the British conductor Jonathan Darlington - who was Music Director until 2011 of the Duisburg Philharmonic - had for tempi, drama and the interpretative whims of the singers, together with his vibrant and charismatic energy made him the...

Online Merker Review – OCTOBER 17, 2019

"Leaving the supporting roles to one side let’s turn out attention to Jonathan Darlington who, in the fullest sense of the word “audible”, was the clear winner of the evening. Everything came together - the exactitude with which he allowed Puccini’s...

Online Merker Review – OCTOBER 13, 2019

"Jonathan Darlington, the renowned British conductor on the international stage, accomplished a nuanced accompaniment for the singers with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. What was noticeable was the range of dynamics and fluidity of tempo together with...


Darlington conducts both scores with understanding and conviction. He brings lots of energy and a sense of ebb and flow to the second movement of La Mer and there’s admirable vigour to his reading of the third movement.

– Music Web International

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