Jonathan Darlington has held the position of Music Director Emeritus at Vancouver Opera since 2018 after completing a highly successful term of almost 20 years as Music Director. He has led the innovative company in a repertoire ranging from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini and Richard Strauss to Tan Dun and Jake Heggie.
Whether on the concert platform or in the opera house, Jonathan Darlington has conducted an impressive list of world-class ensembles. Recent additions include the Wiener Philharmoniker at the Staatsoper, the Staatskapelle Dresden at the Semperoper, the Orchestre National de France, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Orchestre de Paris. Recent highlights included performances at Neue Stimmen competition, Classical Tahoe Music Festival, at the Vancouver Opera (Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana), Staatsoper Hamburg (Fledermaus by Johann Strauss the Son), and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet and Opéra national de Paris, conducting pieces of Johannes Brahms and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki in a Mats Ek’s tribute. Last year, Jonathan Darlington was also named the next Chief Conductor of the Nürnberger Symphoniker.
Upcoming projects of the 2022/2023 season include appearances at Leipzig Oper (Mozart’s Don Giovanni), Hamburg Staatsoper and the Dresden Semperoper, as well as leading concerts with the Nürnberger Symphoniker, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Filarmonica “George Enescu”, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice, and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century appearing in Amsterdam (at the Concertgebouw) and in Paris.
The artist 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. As Music Director of the Duisburger Philharmoniker (2002–2011) he received the prestigious Köhler-Osbahr-Stiftung and Deutscher Musikverleger-Verband prizes for the quality and creativity of his concert programming.
Jonathan Darlington is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.