Mascarade Opera Studio

The Mascarade Opera Studio programme is a nine-month fully funded high-ability training programme in opera designed to support singers and répétiteurs of exceptional talent at the initial stages of their career. It includes extensive career management, enhanced performance skills training for opera provided by expert coaches, vocal consultants, performance specialists and invited master teachers, alongside orchestral showcases and a variety of carefully chosen performance opportunities. Our location in Florence, the capital of Tuscany, symbolises a return to the birthplace of opera whose Renaissance humanism also lies at the heart of MOS.

Conductor Jonathan Santagada is proudly a part of the Artistic Advisory Board of MOS and will be conducting a showcase as well as giving masterclasses throughout the year for singers and repetiteurs.

Watch Jonathan Santagada talk to MOS Chief Executive Max Fane about how he became a conductor, the MOS programme and the training offered in particular to répétiteurs.

Live auditions for our programme take place in London, Berlin, New York , Florence and Glasgow on the dates specified in the application section. Application deadline for auditions is 21 October 2019.

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Reviews of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with The New Generation Festival

©Guy Bell,

©Guy Bell,

Die fulminanten Gesangsleistungen werden getragen und befördert durch Jonathan Santagada. Der Assistent von Sir Antonio Pappano am Opernhaus von Covent Garden sorgt am Pult des seinerseits jung besetzten Orchestra Senzaspine für den idealen Mozart-Puls, in dem sich die klare Artikulation der Klangrede wunderbar in den emotional empfundenen Phrasierungssog einbettet
— Peter Krause -
Applausi scroscianti per Le nozze di Figaro. L’opera di Mozart, diretta dal maestro Jonathan Santagada con l’Orchestra Senzaspine, ha infiammato il pubblico internazionale che stasera ha partecipato alla prima serata della terza edizione del The New Generation Festival
— Elettra Gullè - La Nazione
Jonathan Santagada, pregevole direttore allievo di sir Antony Pappano, ha agito con un’orchestra dal nome promettente: “Senzaspine”. Hanno suonato bene, pulitamente, come le grandi orchestre “serie”.
— Carla Maria Casanova - Lo Spettacoliere
Das Mozart ensemble jedenfalls war sehr gut gecastet. Jonathan Santagada hielt das Orchestra Senzaspine mit jungen Musikern aus Bologna in Schwung, setzte, dem Open Air angemessen, dabei eher auf romantische Klangfülle, die Rezitative begleitete ein Klavier
— Andreas Berger - Oper Magazin
La parte musicale riserva vere e proprie sorprese a partire dalla direzione briosa e scattante del giovane Jonathan Santagada, alla guida dell’Orchestra Senzaspine, da cui ottiene un suono compatto e levigato. I tempi serrati non fanno passare in secondo piano un discreto approfondimento della partitura, e sono sempre ben calibrati per non mettere in difficoltà gli interpreti. Il direttore sa anche distillare con cura le oasi liriche, contribuendo a creare una lettura di notevole passo teatrale, che valorizza appropriatamente l’opera mozartiana
— ★★★★ Filippo Antichi - Connessi all'Opera
©Guy Bell,

©Guy Bell,

Der Instrumentalnachwuchs des hauseigenen Orchestra Senzaspine unter dem tempohurtigen, aber nie verhetzten Pappano-Assistenten Jonathan Santagada klingt wirklich dornenlos und fein, freiluftgemäß freilich auch wenig füllig. Doch mit ein wenig elektroakustischer Unterstützung balanciert sich das gut aus.
— Manuel Brug - Welt
Unter der Leitung des flotten Dirigats des Pappano-Assistenten Jonathan Santagada klang dieser „Figaro“ zwar wenig kraftvoll, aber leicht und fein, und perfekt für eine heitere Freilichtaufführung.
— Von Thomas Migge - Klassikinfo

Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Real in Madrid, La Monnaie in Brussels and Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London

This season, Jonathan Santagada is going to be assistant conductor in three very prestigious European opera houses, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Real in Madrid and La Monnaie in Brussels. In all three houses, he will be assisting internationally acclaimed Italian maestros: Nicola Luisotti, Maurizio Benini and Evelino Pidò. Jonathan has worked with Luisotti at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on Madama Butterfly and Il Trittico, as well as Pagliacci at “Teatro Regio” in Turin. With Benini, Santagada has worked on Rigoletto and Les vêpres siciliennes, both at the Royal Opera House and with Pidò on Il Turco in Italia at the Royal Opera House.

At Opéra National de Paris Jonathan will be assisting on La forza del destino, with a cast including Carlo Cigni, Anja Harteros, Željko Luči and Gabriele Viviani. The production will be directed by Jean-Claude Auvray.

At Teatro Real in Madrid Jonathan will be assisting on another Verdi opera: Il Trovatore, with a cast including Ludovic Tézier, Maria Agresta, Ekaterina Semenchuk and Francesco Meli. The production will be directed by Francisco Negrín.

Jonathan Santagada will be working for the first time at La Monnaie, Brussels, as assistant conductor for the rarely performed Robert le Diable by Meyerbeer, with a casting including Dmitry Korchak, Nicolas Courjal and Lisette Oropesa.

As well as his debut in these three new houses, Santagada will be returning to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for his fifth consecutive season for Così fan tutte, conducted by Maestro Stefano Montanari. Jan Philipp Gloger will be directing an international cast including Paolo Fanale, Gyula Orendt, Thomas Allen, Salome Jicia, Serena Malfi and Serena Gamberoni.

Additional information can be found

Jonathan Santagada returns to The New Generation Festival to conduct Le nozze di Figaro



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It will be hard for others to match the broad scope and cinematic charm of the Corsini event.
— The Financial Times
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. ★★★★
— Independent

After the success of William Shakespeare's Henry V by William Walton, Jonathan Santagada returns to The New Generation Festival to conduct Mozart’s masterpiece with a young and talented cast including Daniel Mirosław, Anna El-Khashem, Faik Mansuroğlu, Nela Šarić, Sara Rocchi, Alexandra Lowe, Beth Margaret Taylor and Domenico Pellicola.

Susanna Hurrell and Jonathan Santagada featured on Classic FM

Watch the gorgeous “O mio babbino caro” by Giacomo Puccini recorded at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. This aria was chosen by Classic FM as one of the most romantic pieces of classical music ever written.

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Reviews of Tosca with Opera North

Photo by © Richard H Smith

Photo by © Richard H Smith

Conductor Jonathan Santagada did full justice to the ebb and flow of Puccini’s lavish score
— Gavin Engelbrecht - The Northern Echo
The music, under the baton of Jonathan Santagada, was authentic in style and paired perfectly with the interpretations of the singers on stage while also colouring the emotions of the various scenes effectively
— Aaron Loughreyon - Number 9
On the musical side the orchestral playing under Jonathan Santagada was quite outstanding. His tempi and modulation of the orchestral forces, and support for his singers, could hardly be better
— Robert J Farr - Seen and Heard International
The orchestra of Opera North, under the baton of Jonathan Santagada, provides wonderful support for the singers and, when the ten-strong brass section comes thundering in, the audience experiences more than a frisson!
— Peter Lathan - British Theatre Guide
Photo by © Richard H Smith

Photo by © Richard H Smith

Photo credit: © Guy Bell, .

Photo credit: © Guy Bell,

Santagada debuts TOSCA at Opera North


Jonathan debuts as a conductor at Opera North with Puccini's masterpiece in a new production directed by Edward Dick. 

With a stellar cast including Giselle Allen (Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana), Mexican tenor Rafael Rojas (Calaf in Turandot) and British baritone Robert Hayward (Wotan in the Ring cycle), Opera North’s new Tosca promises to be a compelling experience.

Jonathan Santagada will be conducting at two summer festivals in Italy this season





An important debut at The New Generation Festival. Jonathan will conduct on Friday 31th August Shakespeare's HENRY V set to the live orchestral score by Sir William Walton.



After conducting La bohème and Il barbiere di Siviglia, Jonathan comes back to the Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival to conduct Madama Butterfly and L'elisir d'amore. He will share the performances with Maestro Leonardo Catalanotto.