|Born and educated in England, Maestro Darlington’s recent engagements include performances with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Staatsoper, the Staatskapelle
Dresden at the Semperoper, l’Orchestre national de France, the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Paris Opera Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and l’Orchestre de Paris.
After beginning his career as a freelance pianist, Darlington made his conducting debut in 1984 at the éâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, directing Francesco Cavalli’s Ormindo from the harpsichord. While still essentially a keyboard player, the Berlioz Festival played an important role in his conducting career, initially as assistant to Serge Baudo for Les Troyens in 1987, and then two years later to John Nelson for Benvenuto Cellini.
In 1990, Myung-Whun Chung engaged Darlington as an assistant, and subsequently as deputy, to the Music Director at the Paris Opera. It was there that he made his acclaimed debut in 1991 with Le nozze di Figaro, starring a dream cast which included Renée Fleming and Ferrucio Furlanetto. He remained with the Paris Opera as Deputy Music Director until 1993, conducting productions of Die Zauber öte and Das Lied von der Erde. His Swan Lake with the Paris Opera Ballet was recorded for video in 1992.
His success at the Paris Opera led to numerous engagements with other international orchestras and opera houses and he decided to return to the freelance world, this time as a conductor. In 1996, he was invited to become part of the musical team at Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf – Duisburg), and in 2002 he was offered the position of Music Director of the Duisburger Philharmoniker. In the same year, he also became Music Director of the Vancouver Opera, a position he holds to this day.
Jonathan Darlington is both a Laureate (LRAM) and Fellow (FRAM) of the Royal Academy of Music, London. As a French resident, he is proud to hold the distinction of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.