Italian conductor and pianist Jonathan Santagada has an established presence with several of the leading opera houses of Europe including Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Real in Madrid, Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, La Monnaie in Brussels, Teatro Regio Torino, Opera North and Theater Basel.
He made his debut at Theater Basel in 2013 conducting Haydn’s Lo speziale. He was then chosen as a Young Artist on the Jette Parker at the Royal Opera House. In his time on the programme, he conducted Rossini’s La scala di seta and Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse with the Southbank Sinfonia, extracts from Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor with the Orchestra of the Welsh National, as well as Eugene Onegin with The Royal Opera House Orchestra.
This season, Jonathan Santagada returns to Opera North to conduct Tosca and then to The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to assistant conduct Così fan tutte, alongside Stefano Montanari. He will then make his house debuts assistant conducting Evelino Pidò at La Monnaie in Brussels (Robert le Diable), Nicola Luisotti at L’Opéra National de Paris (La forza del destino) and Maurizio Benini at Teatro Real in Madrid (Il trovatore). He will conclude his operatic season conducting Le nozze di Figaro at The New Generation Festival in Florence.
Last season, Santagada worked on three productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: Les Vepres Siciliennes, Semiramide and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. He made his house debut assistant conducting Un Ballo in Maschera at Opera North and returned to the Mediterranean Opera Festival to conduct Madama Butterfly and L’elisir d’amore. He concluded his operatic season conducting Shakespeare’s Henry V set to the live orchestral score by Sir William Walton at The New Generation Festival in Florence to great acclaim. The Independent wrote: “…and with the orchestra under Jonathan Santagada’s direction it worked a treat.”
Santagada has a close relationship with the Royal Opera House and its musical director, Sir Antonio Pappano, with whom he regularly collaborates. He has worked on more than twenty-five Covent Garden productions, working alongside some of the best singers and conductors in the world.
He has also worked for Teatro Lirico Sperimentale “A. Belli” in Spoleto, Musicariva Festival in Riva del Garda, CNIPAL (Centre National d’Artistes Liriques) in Marseille, Fabbrica young artists program Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Royal Northern College of Music and he took part in the Shakespeare day on the 400th anniversary of the passing of the renowned poet in 2016, where he played live for the 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 National Supérieur de musique et danse de Lyon with Professor Géry Moutier.
He studied conducting with Marco Boemi in Rome.
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