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
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.
“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
“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.”