Italian conductor and répétiteur Jonathan Santagada joined The Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the start of the 2014/15 Season as conductor/répétiteur. In his first Season he conducted La scala di seta for Meet the Young Artists Week, conducted the Southbank Sinfonia in a Beethoven concert in the Paul Hamlyn Hall and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra in the Young Artists' Summer Performance on the main stage, and joined The Royal Opera's music staff for Rigoletto, L’elisir d’amore, Andrea Chénier, Der fliegende Holländer, Madama Butterfly, Il turco in Italia and Guillaume Tell. In the 2015/16 Season he conducts The Lighthouse (Meet the Young Artists Week) and joins the music staff for Le nozze di Figaro, Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, La traviata, Il trittico, Boris Godunov, Tannhäuser and Werther.
Santagada studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin with Mariaclara Monetti and at the Lyon Conservatory under Géry Moutier, going on to study conducting privately with Marco Boemi in Rome. He regularly works as a répétiteur and conductor at CNIPAL Marseille, Teatro lirico sperimentale in Spoleto, the Musica Riva Festival in Riva del Garda and with Theater Basel, and made his professional conducting debut in Basel with Lo speziale. As a freelance répétiteur and assistant conductor he has worked on numerous operas including Lohengrin, Un ballo in maschera, Lucia di Lammermoor, Madama Butterfly and Il matrimonio segreto.
Santagada was a Sir John Fisher Foundation Junior Fellow (Répétiteur) with the Royal Northern College of Music, where he worked on productions including Orfeo ed Euridice, L'elisir d'amore, L'Ivrogne corrigé and Moscow, Cheryomushki.
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