"Colourful and full of life": critics have hailed conductor Julia Jones as the "star of the evening" in the premiere of a new production of Carmen at Oper Wuppertal, where she is music director.
"The true star of the evening, however, is Julia Jones, whose enchanting interpretation shows its charm especially in the quiet passages." (Stefan Schmöe, Wuppertaler Rundschau)
"Conductor [Julia Jones] goes for maximum transparency, flexible dynamics, sharp rhythmic articulation and nuance of sound.It's a feast of the "little notes" and of the infinite musical lines that lead unbroken from dialogue into melodrama and from there into the big arias and ensembles. This interpretation is polished and precise, light as a feather, colourful and full of life; stage and orchestra pit are in perfect balance throughout." (Ulrike Gondorf, Deutschlandfunk Kultur)
"General Music Director Julia Jones impresses with her sensitive and spirited conducting … the Wuppertaler Sinfoniker bring [the score] to life with plenty of nuance and brilliant colours." (Monika Willer, Westfalenpost)
"The Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal plays immaculately. Under the baton of GMD Julia Jones all the textures of the score come into play perfectly. Even the loud passages are nuanced and refined." (Hartmut Sassenhausen, Westdeutsche Zeitung)
The production is by Candice Edmunds. Performances run until 15 July. Please click here for more information.