Jonathan Darlington

Music Director, Vancouver Opera


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.  Read more


“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