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 Hahn's Ciboulette for Opera Zuid, Offenbach’s L’île de Tulipatan for Opéra National de Lyon, Le nozze di Figaro, Mireille, L’elisir d’amore, La bohème, Così fan tutte, Carmen and Faust at the Théâtre d'Herblay in Paris, Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette at the Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos in Lisbon, Tosca in Besançon, Werther at the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca, La damnation de Faust in Reims, Véronique in Metz, Pelléas et Mélisande and Carmen at the Opéra de Toulon, Hahn’s Mozart at the Spoleto Festival, Carmen for Palm Beach Opera, 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, Pelléas et Mélisande in Rennes, L’heure espagnole with l’Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Paris, Dialogues des carmélites and Madama Butterfly for Pittsburgh Opera and Pelléas et Mélisande at the Prague National Theatre.
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. He has recently recorded two further CDs for Naxos with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, the first, of music by Dukas (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, La péri and Symphony in C) and the second, of music by Bizet (Roma, Patrie, Jeux d’enfants etc.) both of which have received outstanding reviews. A third new CD, of music by d’Indy (including Symphony No.2) with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, has just been released.
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 Ulster Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, 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, Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre de Picardie and Orchestre de Bretagne.
Recent engagements have included The Pearl Fishers for English National Opera, a concert performance of La bohème at the Salle Pleyel with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, his debut at the Arena di Verona conducting Roméo et Juliette with a cast including Vittorio Grigolo and Lana Kos, and La fille du régiment at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
Future plans include Herculanum by Félicien David at the Wexford Festival, a tour of UK venues, including London, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in November 2016, and in June 2017 he will open The Grange Festival with a new production of Carmen directed by Annabel Arden. Two further recordings for Naxos are planned, of music by Poulenc with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and Franck with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.2016/17