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.
In 1997 he founded OstinatO, a Paris based chamber orchestra composed of young graduates. They have performed in many different venues throughout France, including the Opéra Comique in Paris, the Opéra de Bordeaux, the Théâtre de l’Athénée, the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne and many of the most prestigious French festivals. They were also invited by the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées to give a series of young people's concerts, and since 2007 have been orchestra-in-residence for the concert series at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Opera has always been one of Jean-Luc Tingaud's main interests. He has conducted Fauré’s Pénélope, Massenet's Sapho and Auber's Manon Lescaut at the Wexford Festival, Hahn's Ciboulette for Opera Zuid, Offenbach’s L’île de Tulipatan at the Opéra National de Lyon and Le nozze di Figaro at the Théâtre Mogador in Paris, and from 2002 to 2007 he was Associate Conductor of the Opéra Comique. Recent engagements have included 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 and Dialogues des carmélites for Pittsburgh Opera.
His discography includes Sapho recorded at Wexford (Fonè), Werther recorded at Martina Franca (Dynamic), La voix humaine recorded at Compiègne (DVD) and the first recording of Manuel Rosenthal's orchestral songs Chansons du Monsieur Bleu with the tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Sisyphe/Abeille Musique).
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 Orchestra of Opera North, the Orchestra Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, 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.
Future engagements include his debut with the Orchestra of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande at the Prague National Theatre, a return to the Wexford Festival for Le roi malgré lui, and Madama Butterfly with Pittsburgh Opera.
Update: September 2012