The Royal Opera Covent Garden’s Jette Parker Young Artist Programme awarded italian conductor Jonathan Santagada the prestigious position of conductor/repétitéur and he was so successful that they invited him back to assist Antonio Pappano for a further season.
During his time with the Company he conducted the Southbank Sinfonia in two new productions at the Linbury Studio Theatre, namely Rossini’s La Scala di Seta and Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Lighthouse, both of which were enthusiastically received by both public and press. He also conducted extracts from Nicolai’s Die Lustigen Weiber von Widsor with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra as well as extracts from Eugene Onegin in the main Covent Garden auditorium.
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.