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Jonathan Darlington is Music Director of Vancouver Opera and was Music Director of the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany from 2002 until 2011. His passionate and refined approach to music making has done much to increase the popularity and artistic quality of both orchestras. He is fluent in several languages and thrives on the music making that emerges as a result of the contact with different cultures and traditions. 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 Orchestre de la Suisse Romande……. In the immediate future invitations include return visits to Opera Australia in Sydney, the Dresden Semperoper, Frankfurt Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein and symphony orchestras in Warsaw, Montpellier and Hannover. His season culminates in his début with the Orchestre de Paris in the new ‘Philharmonie’ concert hall in Paris.

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British conductor Jonathan Darlington is widely acclaimed for  his powerful performances both in the opera house and the concert hall. “Flat – out, hyper – emotional reading… Vancouver Sun  “Dazzling…’.Upsala Nya Tidning), ‘Unerring sense of pace and drama…..(Limelight Magazine)’, ‘Creative musicality…’ (Backtrack Australia), ‘Sensitive…’(Toronto Star) are epithets which figure repeatedly in reviews of his work.

Jonathan Darlington is Music Director of Vancouver Opera where, for a period of more than a decade, he has led the innovative ensemble in a repertoire ranging from Mozart to Tan Dun. He made his début at the Vienna Staatsoper (Madame Butterfly) last year and operatic highlights of the 2015 – 2016 season include return visits to the Dresden Semperoper  -Die Zauberflöte and Die Fledermaus, Opera Frankfurt – The Makropulos Case, the Swedish Royal Opera – Le Nozze di Figaro, and a  new production of Così fan tutte for Opera Australia with award-winning director Sir David McVicar.

As Music Director of the Duisburger Philharmoniker Orchestra from 2002 – 2011 he explored a vast symphonic repertoire which earned him the prestigious ‘Köhler- Osbar Stiftung’  and ‘Deutsche Musikverleger-Verband’ prizes for the quality and creativity of his concert programming. After his successful début with the Orchestre de Paris earlier in the 15’-‘16 season which was broadcast live on the internet for Mezzo, Jonathan was immediately reengaged for future projects and is excited by return engagements in the near future  with the Strasbourg Philharmonic, and his old orchestra the Duisburger Philharmoniker. The coming season will mark his début with the Orchestra of the 18th Century in a semi-staged version of Fidelio in Amsterdam.

Jonathan Darlington has recorded exclusively on the Acousence ‘Living Concert Series’ a wide repertoire including La Mer, The Rite of Spring, Mahler’s fifth and sixth symphonies, Don Quixote,  and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Susanna Yoko-Henkel, for which he won the ‘Echo- Klassic Prize’.

Jonathan is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

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"Conductor Jonathan Darlington gives the score a flat-out, hyper-emotional reading in which the great tunes still soar magnificently, but an insistent verismo edge intensifies the overall dramatic contour. "

David Gordon Duke, Vancouver Sun

"This version of Swan Lake is a dazzling performance…..the Royal Opera Orchestra under the direction of Jonathan Darlington gives additional depth and finesse to the work. Seldom has the woefulness inherent in Tchaikovsky’s music shone forth with greater softness and clarity."

Susanne Sigroth-Lambe

"Under conductor Jonathan Darlington they [the orchestra] are superlative, and Mozart shines as bright as ever"

Jennie Sharpe, Arts Hub

"Jonathan Darlington conducts with an unerring sense of pace and drama… this is an assured and detailed reading of Mozart’s thrilling score"

Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine

"Jonathan Darlington reigned over orchestra, choir and soloists with brisk but sympathetic tempi and a firm hand... His creative musicality kept the performance thriving with energy... the balance between stage and orchestra was finely tuned throughout"

Zoltan Szabo, Backtrack

"Conductor Jonathan Darlington’s pristine work results in an immaculate performance of the classic score by the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. The music sounds superb in its own right, yet never comes close to overshadowing the singing in any way"

Simon Parris, Man in Chair

"What makes the Toronto premiere particularly satisfying is the sensitive work by Vancouver Opera principal conductor Jonathan Darlington and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra"

John Terauds, The Star

"Opening with orchestral work Ragtime, conductor Jonathan Darlington delivers a transparent and patient version of this ironically mechanical score. In doing so, he calibrates the pulse of the audience"

John Keillor, National Post

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