Italian conductor and pianist Jonathan Santagada already has a considerable international experience, gained in prestigious international opera houses. He has conducted orchestras as renowned as the Royal Opera Orchestra, the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and the Sinfonieorchester Basel, always arousing enthusiasm from both audiences and critics alike. Most recently he conducted La Boheme and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Mediterranean Opera Festival in Sicily.
Jonathan has a special relationship with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and with its music director, Antonio Pappano, with whom he regularly collaborates.
He was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme and has conducted the Southbank Symphonia in two new productions: Rossini ‘s La Scala di Seta - the first performance in Covent Garden's History - and The Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies. He also conducted extracts from Nicolai’s Die Lustigen Weiber Von Windsor and from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in the main auditorium of the theater. He also conducted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2.
As repetiteur, assistant conductor and stage conductor, he has worked in more than twenty Covent Garden productions assisting prestigious conductors including Yves Abel, Maurizio Benini, Ivor Bolton, Nicola Luisotti, Andris Nelsons, Daniel Oren, Evelino Pidò and Daniele Rustioni, as well as Antonio Pappano. International singers with whom he has worked include Aleksandrs Antonenko, Alessandro Corbelli, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Joyce DiDonato, Gerald Finley, Angela Gheorghiu, Carmen Giannattasio, Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Grigolo, Ermonela Jaho, Jonas Kaufmann, Alexsandra Kurzak, Željko Lučić, Kristine Opolais, Saimir Pirgu, Dimitri Platanias, Sondra Radvanovsky, Bryn Terfel and Eva Maria Westbroek.
Other companies where he has worked as repétitéur and assistant conductor are Theater Basel, where he made his professional conducting debut with Haydn’s Lo Speziale and Teatro Regio Torino, Teatro Lirico Sperimentale “A. Belli” Spoleto and the “Musica Riva” festival at Riva del Garda. He also worked at the CNIPAL, Centre National d’Artistes Liriques in Marseille with concerts at the Opéra Municipale de Marseille.
He took part in the Shakespeare day 400 hundred years after the death of the renowned poet where he played live for BBC.
Jonathan Santagada was awarded an honours degree cum laude from the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Torino with Professor Mariaclara Monetti and continued his studies at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique in Lyon with Professor Géry Moutier.
He studied conducting with Marco Boemi in Rome and as a Sir John Fisher Foundation Junior Fellow, worked at the RNCM, Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where his many activities included giving a masterclass in Italian Opera at Manchester University.