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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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