Jonathan Santagada (Conductor) - APA Artists' Management Alexandra Mercer - www.apaartistsmanagement.com Jonathan Santagada studied piano at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” in Turin where he obtained his honours degree cum laude, continuing his studies at the "Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique" in Lyon. After completing his piano studies he qualified as Maestro Collaboratore Sostituto at the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale “A. Belli” in Spoleto and went on to study conducting with Marco Boemi in Rome. As teacher and répétiteur he has worked at the Centre National d’Artistes Liriques in Marseille with concerts at the Opéra Municipale de Marseille. He spent two years as a Sir John Fisher Foundation Junior Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, giving a masterclass in Italian Opera at Manchester University and having the opportunity to collaborate with Richard Bonynge. He joined the staff of Theater Basel as repetiteur and assistant conductor, making his professional conducting debut with Haydn’s Lo Speziale. Other major theatres with which he has collaborated include Teatro Regio Torino, Teatro Lirico Sperimentale “A. Belli” Spoleto and the “Musica Riva” festival at Riva del Garda. He was awarded the position of conductor/repétitéur by the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden where he conducted the Southbank Sinfonia in two new productions at the Linbury Studio Theatre, namely Rossini’s La Scala di Seta and Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Lighthouse, both of which were enthusiastically received by both public and press. He also conducted extracts from Nicolai’s Die Lustigen Weiber von Widsor with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra in the main Covent Garden auditorium and will return there again to conduct the Royal Opera Orchestra in extracts from Eugene Onegin. As pianist, harpischordist, assistant conductor and stage conductor, he has worked in more than twenty Covent Garden productions alongside many international opera singers and conductors.