Peter Jonas (director)

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Sir Peter Jonas, CBE, FRCM, FRNCM, FRSA (born 14 October 1946), is a British Arts Administrator and opera company director.


Jonas studied at Worth School, and took an English Literature degree at the University of Sussex.[1] He later studied History of Music at Royal Northern College of Music Manchester, and the Royal College of Music London, with a final semester at Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester US.

In 1974, Jonas became the assistant to Sir Georg Solti, the Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, becoming the orchestra's Artistic Administrator in 1976, and, in 1977, the Director of Artistic Administration of the Chicago Orchestral Association. Returning to England, he took over the management of the English National Opera, holding the position from 1985 to 1993, succeeding Lord Harewood. He later became a patron of The Solti Foundation.[2]

He was awarded an honorary doctorate of music from the University of Sussex in 1993. In September that year, Munich's Bavarian State Opera invited Jonas to become its Staatsintendant (General and Artistic Director); he held this position until 2006. While there he extended the company's repertoire within baroque opera, promoted its opera for all project and supported contemporary composers by introducing fourteen new-work premieres. He was awarded the Bayerische Verfassungsmedaille in 2001.[3]

Jonas became a faculty member and lecturer at the University of St. Gallen in 2003, a lecturer at the University of Zürich, and a visiting lecturer for the Bavarian Theatre Academy Munich in 2004. He was the first chairman of the German Speaking Opera Intendants (Directors) Conference from 2001 to 2005, and a judging panel member for the 2006 International Wagner Competition, Seattle.[4]

Jonas, with Plácido Domingo, journalist Christine Lemke-Matwey, and Dr Charles Barber, contributed to a documentary on the life and art of Carlos Kleiber on BBC Radio 3 (26 Sep 2009).[5][6]

Sir Peter Jonas is a maternal fist cousin of Lady Colin Campbell, British writer, socialite and television personality. Sir Peter's mother was the daughter of Tewfik Ziadie, brother of Michael Ziadie, Lady Colin's father.[citation needed]

Trusteeships, board or council memberships[edit]

  • National Opera Studio (1985–93);
  • Association Internationale de Directeurs de L'Opera (1985–2006);
  • Royal College of Music (1988–95);
  • London Lighthouse (1990–92)
  • Kuratorium Richard Stauss Gesellschaft (1993–2009);
  • Deutsche Bühnenverein (1993–2006);
  • Advisory Board of the Bayerische Vereinsbank (1994);
  • Hypovereinsbank Munich (1994–2004);
  • Bayerische Rundfunk (Bavarian Radio and TV 1999);
  • Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts (2005);
  • Berlin State Opera and Ballet companies (2005);
  • Carl Linde Academy Technical University Munich (2006);
  • Netherlands Opera Amsterdam (2009);
  • University of Lucerne Switzerland (2009).



  • Powerhouse, The English National Opera Experience (1993);
  • Eliten und Demokratie (1999);
  • Wenn Musik der Liebe Nahrung ist, spielt weiter... (2006).


  1. ^ "Univ. Sussex Alumni". Archived from the original on 29 February 2008. Retrieved 2013-09-24.  . Retrieved 9 September 2010
  2. ^ The Solti Foundation Archived 24 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 9 September 2010
  3. ^ Debretts. Retrieved 9 September 2010
  4. ^ International Wagner Competition Archived 9 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 9 September 2010
  5. ^ Carlos Kleiber Archived 4 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 9 September 2010
  6. ^ Carlos Kleiber Archived 31 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 9 September 2010

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