The fine singing was complemented by the crisp playing of the ROH Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Santagada
Claire Seymour - OperaToday
The Southbank Sinfonia under Jonathan Santagada played with virtuosic clarity.★★★★★
Rupert Christiansen - The Telegraph
Christopher Palmer’s arrangement of Walton’s [Henry V] film treatment was the one used here...and with the orchestra under Jonathan Santagada’s direction it worked a treat. ★★★★
Michael Church - Independent
Maxwell Davies´s supremely atmospheric 75-minutes score was punchily played by the Southbank Sinfonia under Jonathan Santagada´s direction.
Richard Morrison - The Times
The orchestra had a particularly gifted young Maestro in Jonathan Santagada whose energy kept the music flowing wonderfully. His clean and clear gestures along with special musicality made the evening most enjoyable for singers and audience (Il Barbiere di Siviglia)
The Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by Jonathan Santagada and playing in the presence of the composer, evoke all the moods of this demanding score. ★★★★
Charlotte Valori - Bachtrack
Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Jonathan Santagada gave a brilliant performance of a remarkable and challenging score dominated by wind instruments and percussion
Wendy Hiscocks – British Music Society
The rhythm of the closing automation – ‘The lighthouse is now automatic', we hear at the end of the Prologue – sounded as stubbornly memorable as ever in this performance from the Southbank Sinfonia and Jonathan Santagada.
Mark Berry - Seen and Heard International
Otto Nicolai’s overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor was given an ebullient account, the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera conducted by Jonathan Santagada. Strings swaggered and it was good to hear brass playing of such precision from the pit.
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 18 July 2015
Betrothal and Betrayal began with the Overture to Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor ... this overture from his last opera is just about all that we now regularly hear of Nicolai’s music: it had much of the requisite romantic spirit under Jonathan Santagada
Jim Pritchard 20 July 2015
It was nice to hear the Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor, well shaped by young conductor Jonathan Santagada (who will conduct Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse next season). It was a wonderful performance, full of mystery juxtaposed with sprightliness. Long, lyrical basslines sang magnificently, while shades of Mendelssohn (Midsummer Night’s Dream) were palpable.
The Welsh National Opera Orchestra provided admirable support and gave a delightful account of Nicolai’s Merry Wives with Jonathan Santagada in confident charge of the tricky changes of tempo and colour.
Stephen Mead, Der Neu Merker
Jonathan Santagada conducted the Southbank Sinfonia in a lithe account of the score. Strings negotiated the twists, turns and tricky cornering safely, while woodwinds lent characterful support, not least in the limpid cor anglais introduction to Giulia’s aria 'Il mio ben sospiro e chiamo'. ★★★★
Mark Pullinger - Backtrack
There was fine sparkle to the well-known overture under the baton of Jonathan Santagada with the Southbank Sinfonia, who produced lively playing throughout.
Jonathan Santagada conducted the lean and nimble Southbank Sinfonia. This sunny Meet the Young Artists week event lifted the spirits. ★★★★
Jonathan Santagada in the pit also supported the cast well and the Southbank Sinfonia was characteristically polished.
The Southbank Sinfonia is strongly conducted by Jonathan Santagada ★★★★
Sam Smith - Musichomh
Jonathan Santagada conducted with an eye for fast tempos and as much idiomatic colours as he could achieve from the small but valiant Southbank Sinfonia ensemble. He was attentive to his singers’ needs making sure he did not rush ahead and leave them behind, and to his credit the frantic tutti passages made a significant impact.
Jim Pritchard - Seen and Heard International