Julia Jones


"Julia Jones’s attention to the emotional detail of Verdi's score achieved a searing intensity"

Rian Evans, The Guardian

"conductor Julia Jones successfully led the Staatskapelle in a truly pleasurable Mozartian experience, combining dramatic drive with beauty"

Joachim Lange, Freie Presse

"Julia Jones led a remarkable performance, notable for the sharp profile of the ensembles, the effectiveness of her tempo judgments and the lucid warmth of tone she drew from the orchestra"

George Hall, The Guardian

"Under Julia Jones’s baton the orchestral playing was immaculate"

Horst Koegler, Opera

"[Julia Jones’s] sheer skill in pacing and in sustaining long, energised lines of orchestral playing stepped up the momentum."

Hilary Finch, The Times

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British conductor Julia Jones is renowned for the crispness of her interpretations, and the sensitivity of her conducting is echoed in countless reviews. The Guardian speaks of “searing intensity” and Deutschlandradio Kultur highlights the “great lightness and clarity” of her Mozart.

Julia is a regular guest at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she has conducted Così fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte Carmen and returns this season to conduct Rigoletto. She also maintains a close relationship with Oper Frankfurt, where she has acquired renown with operas including Falstaff, Idomeneo, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte and La Damnation de Faust returning this season to conduct Cimarosa’s L’Italiana in Londra.

Other highlights in the 2023/2024 season include Le nozze di Figaro at Prague National Theatre, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique with the Orchestra of Opera North and concerts with The Portuguese Symphony Orchestra and at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl. Further ahead, Julia returns to Covent Garden, Den Norske Opera, and Royal Danish Opera.

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L'italiana in Londra

Oper Frankfurt, Spring 2024

Julia Jones leads the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra . . .  through the turbulent score with great feeling for subtle nuance and unerring punchlines

Markus Gründig, kulturfreak.de

Die Zauberflöte

Oper Frankfurt, February 2024

Conductor Julia Jones gives full expression to one of Mozart's most accomplished scores.

Helene Adam, Cult News


Royal Opera House (October 2023)

The most compelling drama, however, comes from the pit, where the orchestra delivers much atmospheric colour and detail, as well as energy and rhythmic tautness. Clearly the conductor, Julia Jones — who is British but has made her career largely in Germany — is on galvanising form.

Richard Morrison, The Times

Julia Jones's conducting is pure perfection; her interpretation of the score brings out the best in the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Michael Higgs, Broadway World

Conducting Verdi for the first time at Covent Garden, Julia Jones was sure-footed in tempi and phrasing, allowing the music to move the action along in a way that felt completely natural, never rushed nor dragging.

David Karlin, Bachtrack

The orchestra was conducted excellently by Julia Jones, whose energy showed itself most impressively in the final act when the power displayed by the orchestra perfectly matched the increasing tension of the action and the glory of Verdi's music.

Hartston William, Daily Express

The conductor Julia Jones partners her singers with sensitivity, achieving just the right balance; the magnificent orchestra emerges supportive yet never overwhelming. Hers is a spacious reading that gives the voices room to breathe and shine.

Jessica Duchen, iNews

Her dramatic use of dynamics showcases Verdi’s masterful score, from the lovely cello and oboe duet in the third act to the battering brass that opens and closes the night. Jones keeps the tempo moving, leaving no room for stagnation onstage.

Grace Richardson, London Unattached

Arturo Pizzaro; Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven ‘The 5 Piano Concertos, Odradek Records

May 2023

"Julia Jones is a strong, impulse-driven leader of the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra who play courageously . . . Under her direction, the players are feisty, gripping, fresh, and full of imagination. A success."

Dirk Schauss, Online Merker (The international cultural platform)

“At his side was the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, which under the direction of Julia Jones (General Music Director of the orchestra) reached new heights. The orchestra plays with freshness and verve, which suits Pizarro’s playing perfectly . . . Altogether, this is an all-around successful recording of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos characterized by freshness and brilliance.”

Carsten Dürer, Piano News

Ernani, Verdi

De Vlaamse Opera (November 2022 – January 2023)

“The direction of the English conductor Julia Jones, who has already approached Verdi more than once over the course of her already long career, proves honest and efficient; her baton is certainly attentive to the details and contrasts of the score”

Benedict Hévry, Res Musica

“While having a good experience of the composer’s work she masterfully conducts the Flanders Opera Symphony Orchestra.”

Camillo Faverzani, Premiere Loge

“On the other hand, conductor Julia Jones can handle the boastfulness of the score. She bends pathos into strength, menacing sentiment into poetry.”

Stephen Moens, DeMorgen

“Amidst all that visual splendour, Verdi's music remains wonderfully intact. Thanks to conductor Julia Jones. She has an excellent feel for Verdi's music and smoothly leads the orchestra through the score. Ernani is the expression of a warm glow. Jones does not look for fanfare, but strives for a soft, smooth sound. That interpretation is a relief.”

Els Van Steenberghe, Knack Focus.com

Così fan tutte

Royal Opera House (July 2022)

“Solid ensemble performance, thoughtfully conducted by Julia Jones.” – The Times, Rebecca Franks

“Julia Jones’s buoyant conducting, mostly perfect in choice of fleet but not rushed tempi, seemed well tuned to her singers.David Rice, The Arts Desk

"conducting by Julia Jones was trditionl, but swelled in emotion in all the right sections, heightening the cast's palpable chemistry." - Tacita Quinn, London Unattached

Haydn’s Symphony No. 44 and Mozart’s Requiem

Royal Danish Orchestra (February 2022)

"With an initially delicate grip on the orchestra , Jones swiftly moved right into the core of the symphony with increasing intensity and authority, leading the Royal Danish Orchestra to its climax in the Adagio and the subsequent Presto finale. (...) The Requiem was delightful under Jones' leadership."

Knud Arne Jürgensen, XQ28.com

"The Royal Danish Orchestra's playing was less overcomplicated with a delicate non-vibrato sound in the strings and an introverted wind section - clearly a conscious decision by conductor Julia Jones who really knows her Mozart."

Lars Ole Bonde, Operamagasinet Ascolta


Bregenzer Festspiele (August 2021)

"In the end unanimous applause, also for the Vienna Symphony with their exquisite woodwind soloists under the swift and effective direction of Julia Jones."

Christoph Irrgeher, Wiener Zeitung

During the evening, conductor Julia Jones develops a balanced and more and more three-dimensional interpretation with the Vienna Symphony.

Georg Rudiger, Der Tagesspiegel

"The biggest win was on the part of the musical and acoustic contribution. (...) As the experienced master she is, [Julia Jones] expanded the scope of the score's extremes impressively. Promptly, there was more lyrical warmth and loving piano around father and daughter as well as around the Duke and Gilda - and then Jones and the splendid Vienna Symphony delivered a fast-paced and lively "Zitti-Zitti"-chorus and shaped the fatal thunderstorm (...) into the evening's fulminant climax."

Wolf-Dieter Peter, nmz

La Traviata

Oper Wuppertal (June 2021)

"One can once again admire her will to create, which was the imprint of her operatic conducting - very focussed, very disciplined, always bearing in mind the whole, instead of losing herself in details or sentimentality. (...) However, Julia Jones is perfectly capable of letting rip: Wherever needed, the music has an uneasy energy and pushes forward The orchestra presents itself on splendid form. The woodwind solos are a dream but never lose touch with the ensemble."

Stefan Schmöe, Wuppertaler Rundschau


Royal Danish Opera (2020)

The firmness is also present musically. British Conductor Julia Jones leads The Royal Danish Orchestra with a steady hand from the very beginning of the dramatic overture.”

Peter Dürrfeld, Kristeligt Dagblad

The Mozart-expert Julia Jones who conducted the Royal Danish Orchestra emphasised the symphonic elements in the score, and the orchestra played with a virtuousic intensity”

Pia Fossheim, Operamagasinet Ascolta

Julia Jones and the Royal Danish Orchestra successfully make Mozart’s music quiver on stage alongside the fatiguing events on stage”

Gregers Dirckinck-Holmfeld, Gregers DH

English conductor Julia Jones seemed so excited by the achievement of the Royal Danish Orchestra that she seemed to wish they could all come on stage and receive their deserved applause”

Thomas Michelsen, Politiken

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