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Watch: Jonathan Darlington Conducts the 2022 Neue Stimmen Competition Final Concert

Jonathan Darlington conducted the Duisburg Philharmonic and 11 talented young singers for the Final Concert of the 2022 Neue Stimmen competition. The concert, which was streamed live 30 June on Medici.TV, MyFidelio and Mezzo.TV, is now available in full on YouTube....



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 Mozart through Verdi, Puccini and Strauss to Tan Dun and Jake Heggie. Fluent in several languages, he was born and educated in England and now resides in Paris.

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 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 and L’Orchestre de Paris.

Recent highlights included performances at Neue Stimmen, Vancouver Opera (Cavalleria Rusticana), Lake Tahoe Festival, Hamburg Staatsoper (Fledermaus), and Oslo Ballet Opera and Paris Ballet Opera, conducting Brahms and Górecki in a Mats Ek’s tribute. Last year, Jonathan was also named the next Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. This position saw Jonathan perform in several concerts at the start of the year, and he will return for the opening of the 2022/23 season, the first of his tenure.





“The added draw, of course, was the chance to see Europe-based music director emeritus Jonathan Darlington (…) Electric voltage seemed to pass through his baton in the rousing orchestral and choral crescendos of the Easter-hymn “Regina Coeli, laetare”. Later he paused dramatically to bring the strings down to extreme quiet at the beginning of the famous “Intermezzo”, gently building them back up with big round arm movements, his stick stabbing downward to bring in the low brass. The orchestra found all the nuance in the lush score.”

– Create a Stir


“Back in the day, Darlington consistently got the best out of his casts and musicians, and we have missed his steady professionalism and inspired musicality. Being able to see exactly how Darlington works his magic upfront was the single best part of the enterprise. Palpable audience enthusiasm lets us hope for more Darlington and more opera-in-concert in the VO’s future plans.”

– Vancouver Sun


“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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