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

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

This season, Jonathan Santagada is going to be assistant conductor in two very prestigious European opera houses, Opéra National de Paris and Teatro Real in Madrid. In both houses, he will be assisting two internationally acclaimed Italian maestros: Nicola Luisotti and Maurizio Benini. 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, Jonathan has worked on Rigoletto and Les vêpres siciliennes, both 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.

As well as his debut in these two new houses, Jonathan 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.

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 Photo credit: © Guy Bell, .

Photo credit: © Guy Bell,

Jonathan 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 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.