British conductor and graduate of the University of Manchester in music, composition and performance, Jonathan Webb has held a number of positions including Head of Music for Opera Ireland and Resident Conductor at the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv.
In Ireland as Head of Music for Opera Ireland, Chorus Master at the Wexford Festival and a Guest Conductor with Opera Theatre Company, he prepared more than 25 opera productions, conducting new productions of Le Nozze di Figaro
, and The Rape of Lucretia
As Resident Conductor at the New Israeli Opera he conducted Jenufa
, Cosi Fan Tutte
, A Midsummer Night's Dream
, Il Barbiere di Siviglia
, Cavalleria Rusticana
, I Pagliacci
, Don Pasquale
, Madama Butterfly
, Der Freischutz
, Les Contes d'Hoffmann
, L'elisir d'Amore
, Samson et Dalila
, La Cenerentola
, La Traviata
, Lucia di Lammermoor
, La Juive
, L'italiana In Algeri
as well as concert performances of Manon Lescaut
and Un Ballo in maschera
with the Israel Sinfonietta.
A frequent guest at several of Europe's foremost opera houses, he has conducted Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
, La Forza del Destino
at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, La Traviata
in Cologne, Die Zauberflöte
, Don Pasquale
and Der Zigeunerbaron
at the Volksoper Wien, Tancredi
at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, The Death of Klinghoffer
in Ferrara and L'Histoire du Soldat
at the Opera de Nice.
He made his Italian debut conducting Brahms and Elgar with the orchestra of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova and Peter Grimes in the same theatre. He returned for a highly praised The Rape of Lucretia
directed by Daniele Abbado.
In recent seasons, he has also appeared as a guest conductor with numerous orchestras including: the R.T.E. Concert Orchestra in Ireland, the Winterthur Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland, the Orchestra of the Teatro dell'opera di Roma, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and the Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari in Italy, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonietta, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
For the 40th Anniversary of the Wexford Festival he conducted Balfe's The Rose of Castile. Other festival appearances include the first International Opera Festival in Caesarea where he conducted Hugo de Ana's production of Turandot
, the Settembre Musica Festival in Torino with the orchestra and chorus of the Teatro La Fenice and the Liturgica Festival in Jerusalem with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the Orchestra e Coro Giovanili di Santa Cecilia in performances of Mendelssohn's Oedipus In Kolonos as part of "Colosseo 2000", reopening Rome's famous amphitheatre as a performance venue for the first time in 1500 years.
He has collaborated with many distinguished musicians including Seiji Ozawa at the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku Opera project in Japan and at the Saito Kinen Festival (Jenufa, Peter Grimes
). At the 2003 Festival he will share the podium with Maestro Ozawa in a concert with the Saito-Kinen orchestra. He received an invitation from Valery Gergiev to conduct performances of Lady Macbeth
of Mtsensk in a co-production between The Kirov Opera and The New Israeli Opera.
Recent engagements have included Robert Wilson's production of Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts and Honneger's Jeanne d'Arc au Bucher at the Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos, Lisbon, The Rape of Lucretia
at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, and his debut with the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia at the Caracalla Festival 2002.
In the forthcoming season he will return to Lisbon for a double-bill of Rachmaninov and Zemlinsky, conduct new productions of La Traviata
and A Midsummer Night's Dream
in Pisa, Livorno and Lucca, and conduct the orchestra of the Teatro Massimo di Palermo and the Orchestra della Toscana for the first time. He will continue also his highly successful collaboration with the Camerata Strumentale di Prato.