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After studying the piano and conducting at the Paris National Conservatoire, Jean-Luc Tingaud was chosen by Manuel Rosenthal to be his assistant. Rosenthal, himself a pupil of Maurice Ravel, was a formative influence, instilling in the younger man his passion for French music.

Opera has always been one of Jean-Luc Tingaud’s main interests. Since 2001 he has been a regular guest at the Wexford Festival where, amongst other things, he has conducted Massenet’s Sapho, Fauré’s Pénélope, and Chabrier’s Le Roi malgré lui. Other engagements have included Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Werther at the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, La Damnation de Faust in Reims, Pelléas et Mélisande and Carmen at the Opéra de Toulon, Le Siège de Corinthe at the Rossini Festival in Wildbad, Faust at the Macerata Festival, The Turn of the Screw at the Opéra de Lille, L’Heure espagnole with l’Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Paris, Dialogues des carmélites, Madama Butterfly and La bohème for Pittsburgh Opera, Pelléas et Mélisande at the Prague National Theatre, The Pearl Fishers for English National Opera, Roméo et Juliette at the Arena di Verona, La Fille du régiment at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Die Entführung aus dem Serail for The Grange Festival and Carmen at the New National Theatre Tokyo.

His discography includes Sapho recorded at Wexford (Fonè), Werther recorded at Martina Franca (Dynamic), La Voix humaine recorded at Compiègne (DVD) and Le Siège de Corinthe (Naxos) recorded at Bad Wildbad. Recently he has begun a series of recordings of symphonic music for Naxos, including music by Dukas (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, La Péri and Symphony in C), Bizet (Roma, Patrie, Jeux d’enfants etc.) and Poulenc (Les Biches, Sinfonietta and Les Animaux modèles) with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, and music by d’Indy (including his Symphony No.2), César Franck (symphonic poems including the complete Psyché) and Massenet (including his only symphonic poem Visions) with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

In 2004 he made his London debut at the Barbican conducting the English Chamber Orchestra with soloists Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis. Other orchestras he has worked with include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, the Orchestra of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, the Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Warsaw and Krakow Philharmonic Orchestras, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre National de Lyon and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and he has recently been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Krakow.

Recent engagements have included Spontini’s Fernand Cortez at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Donizetti’s L’ange de Nisida at the Donizetti Opera Festival in Bergamo, which received the Special Prize from the jury of the Premio Franco Abbiati, Italy’s most prestigious classical music awards.

Future plans include recordings of music by César Franck and Chausson with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Lakmé at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing. In 2025 he will make his debut with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo.