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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 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 pace with the stylistic somersaults of the plot, but it does. Tango, pantomime, impending doom, youthful romance: she brings all to life, using a modest-sized orchestra, vividly conducted by Justin Brown.” – Richard Fairman, FT

“Admirably played by the WNO Orchestra under Justin Brown’s direction, the score is multilayered and multireferenced, often recalling moody film noir, but then pulsating with Latinate rhythms, congealing into chilling clusters or breaking into sleazy cabaret waltzes.” – Richard Morrison, The Times

“The WNO Orchestra played magnificently under Justin Brown, bringing out all the color of Langer’s captivating soundworld.” – Keith Clarke, Musical America

“Justin Brown conducts what seems a brilliant account of this impressive score.” -Stephen Walsh, Artsdesk

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