Critical Acclaim for Wagner: ‘Siegfried’, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe

“If one wanted to name one constant in the new Karlsruhe Ring, the answer would be very clear: it is the Badische Staatskapelle and its Music Director Justin Brown that impress in the cycle with a well-rounded musical foundation of varied and carefully produced colours that is always very singer-friendly. This bears witness to the great experience the orchestra has with the works of Richard Wagner. Laying it on thick is not Justin Brown’s approach, which is not to say that swelling symphonic dynamics were lacking. Once again in the third part … Continue Reading

Rave Reviews from ‘Das Rheingold’ for Justin Brown

“Justin Brown… proves an ideal Wagner interpreter, his performance symphonic, well-paced, and sensitively balanced.” – Lotte Thaler, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 7.13.16 “Justin Brown, who has already conducted the Ring several times in Karlsruhe, makes of Rheingold exactly what Wagner wanted: a conversation piece with flowing parlando and pointed accents. It often sounds like chamber music. Brown not infrequently holds the orchestra back, in order to be able then to unleash the crucial dramatic moments to great passionate effect. This is a powerfully eloquent Wagner, the conductor eliciting from the Staatskapelle a taut and many-hued performance.” – Karl Georg … Continue Reading

Rave Reviews from ‘Tristan und Isolde’ for Justin Brown

Proving yet again Justin Brown’s affinity for Wagner, critics unanimously praised his musical leadership of the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe in a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde this spring. Here are a few outstanding quotes: “Brown… with his powerful grasp of the score, was wholly convincing.” – J.-M. Wieneke, Opernglas “The conductor Justin Brown leads the Badische Staatskapelle to ever higher summits. He plays the score uncut, exactly as Cosima Wagner wanted, which lent the interpretation a certain authenticity.” – Alexander Walther, Der Neue Merker “Music director Justin Brown astonished us with a … Continue Reading

Rave Reviews for World Premiere of ‘Figaro Gets a Divorce’ at WNO

Justin Brown conducted the world premiere performances of the Welsh National Opera’s Figaro Gets a Divorce by Elena Langer, to rave reviews.  Read what critics had to say: “Lively instrumentation – injections of accordion and piano – gives cohesion and Justin Brown’s conducting brings a sweeping energy.” -Rian Evans, The Guardian “Pountney’s clean-lined, crisply drilled staging, imaginatively designed by Ralph Koltai, is exemplary, and the conductor Justin Brown leads the orchestra in an engagingly vivid account of a score I want to hear again.” -Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph “It is remarkable that Langer’s music manages to keep … Continue Reading

The Wagner Journal on “Parsifal” in Karlsruhe

“…The present-day Karlsruhe Opera (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe), where the general music director is the dynamic British conductor Justin Brown, is establishing its Wagnerian credentials… the beauty of the visual spectacle here [in Act 3] is matched by Brown’s exquisite conducting – the wind particularly lovely… I have already mentioned the fine conducting in Act III, but there were also scrupulously observed details in the earlier acts and moments of unforgettable potency, such as the huge climax when Amfortas is brought in (Act I). The strong singing of the chorus deserves a mention too, … Continue Reading

Rave Review from Opera Magazine for “Parsifal”

“Karlsruhe has a distinguished Wagner tradition, and indeed the conductor of Parsifal’s premiere, Hermann Levi, was once in charge here. His current succesor as Generalmusikdirektor, Justin Brown, has honed the orchestra to a very high standard without imposing any super-blended smoothness, so the notes of the prelude tugged at each other with real Schmerz. His first act was broad, the second scherzo-like. The muscularity of his interpretation made the Act 3 prelude gripping in its raging emotions, and his pacing was secure… An outstanding achievement.” – John Allison, Opera Magazine, July 2015

Justin Brown to Conduct Welsh National Opera’s World Premiere of ‘Figaro Gets a Divorce’ in 2016

Justin Brown has been engaged to conduct the world premiere of Figaro Gets a Divorce next February at the Welsh National Opera. With music by composer Elena Langer and libretto by David Pountney, comic moments collide with touching ones in an opera which is part comedy, part political thriller. Langer and Pountney have created an affectionate sequel to Mozart’s classic, a testimony to human courage and resilience.  More info… 

Critical Acclaim for Wagner: ‘Parsifal’ with the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe

“The musical hero of the evening stood in the pit at the head of the Badische Staatskapelle.  Right from the start of the Prelude, Karlsruhe’s Music Director Justin Brown coaxed a luscious, velvet sound from his strings, held the dramatic tension across eloquent silences, and always remained sensitive to the balance with the singers.  Reverence and drama were not mutually exclusive in Brown’s conducting, and so by the end of the evening he had not only successfully furthered his Wagner cycle, but received from the audience the loudest ovation of all.” – … Continue Reading