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 conducts La scala di seta for Meet the Young Artists Week and joins The Royal Opera's music staff for Rigoletto, L’elisir d’amore, Andrea Chénier, Der fliegende Holländer, Madama Butterfly and Guillaume Tell.
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 conducted productions including Orfeo ed Euridice, L'elisir d'amore, L'Ivrogne corrigé and Moscow, Cheryomushki.
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