Insights Korngold
LFO Members

LFO Members

Pre-season Insight - Korngold's Die tote Stadt

With Justin Brown, Jessica Duchen and Michael Haas 

Arrivals from 2pm. The event will begin promptly at 2.30pm, and will be followed by afternoon tea.

Composer-prodigy Korngold’s thrilling Die tote Stadt is a masterpiece of 20th century opera, and yet was long neglected. At this in-person event, librettist, music critic and Korngold biographer Jessica Duchen joins multiple Grammy-winning recording producer and Korngold expert Dr Michael Haas, and conductor of our upcoming 2022 production Justin Brown, to examine the story behind this incredible opera and the uphill struggle to bring it back to its rightful place in the repertoire. 

Booking information

This event is available to Longborough members at Wagner Production Circle level and above. It will take place at a venue in the Cotswolds village of Broadway – address and directions will be supplied following your booking.


Jessica Duchen is a music critic, author and librettist, her books including a biography of Korngold. She contributes to The Sunday Times, the i and BBC Music Magazine, and her libretti include Roxanna Panufnik’s Silver Birch, shortlisted for an International Opera Award in 2018. Her latest book is the novel Immortal, about Beethoven’s ‘immortal beloved’.

Justin Brown studied at Cambridge University and at Tanglewood, later becoming an assistant to both Leonard Bernstein and Luciano Berio. Internationally acclaimed in both the symphonic and operatic repertoire, Mr. Brown is Music Director Laureate of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in the United States and served as Music Director of the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe from 2008 to 2020. He has been critically acclaimed for his performances of the Karlsruhe Ring cycle between 2015 and 2018, working with four different directors. He commissioned and gave the world premiere of Avner Dorman's first opera Wahnfried, which was hailed as a masterpiece by the opera press worldwide and nominated for an International Opera Award in 2018. As guest conductor, he has worked with many of the world’s top orchestras and opera houses, including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Cincinatti and Dallas Symphony Orchestras; the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Grand Théâtre de Genève, La Monnaie, and Santa Fe Opera.  Highlights in the current season include his debuts with Teatro Colón Buenos Aires and Teatr Wielki Poznań, as well as returns to Welsh National Opera and Longborough.

Multiple Grammy winner, recording producer Dr Michael Haas launched the Decca “Entartete Musik” series with the premiere recording of Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane. During his time as producer and recording executive for Universal Music and Sony, he produced Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic. From 2002-2010, he was music curator at Vienna’s Jewish Museum. In 2013, his book Forbidden Music – the Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis was published by Yale University, for whom he is now writing a follow-up on the music of exile. From 2000 to 2017, he was Director of Research at the Jewish Music Institute’s Suppressed Music Centre, SOAS, London University. He is co-founder and Research Director of the Exilarte Research Center at Vienna’s University for Music and Performing Arts – the institution where, in its previous incarnation as Vienna’s Music Academy, Korngold, Mahler, Zemlinsky, Schoenberg and countless other fin de siècle composers and musicians either studied or taught. Exilarte was founded in 2017 and is dedicated to the repatriation of exiled musical estates, and the dissemination of music lost during the Nazi years. He has translated the memoirs of Korngold’s wife Luzi Korngold and a volume of Korngold correspondence soon to be published. The Exilarte Center staff are also involved in Schott Music Publisher’s Korngold Critical Edition.