Critical Acclaim for Michael Schønwandt conducting a new production of Falstaff at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London

Michael Schønwandt

"...with top orchestral standards for Verdi's most elaborate score under the perfectly-pacing Danish conductor Michael Schønwandt"

"The life-affirming spirit of Verdi’s comic masterpiece nevertheless comes over, partly because Danish conductor Michael Schonwandt displays the rich, autumnal colours of the scoring while never allowing his sense of dynamism to descend into the mechanical. Indeed, the music-making is of a consistently high standard."

"Michael Schønwandt kept things bubbling nicely in the pit, double basses grumbling away in the splendid opening to Act III. Tempi never felt unduly rushed, but everything unfolded at a natural pace, allowing one to enjoy the fine singing and comedy on-stage." | Mark Pullinger

"The ever-dependable Michael Schønwandt and the ROH orchestra provided sparkling playing..."

"Michael Schønwandt conducts with an appreciation for Verdi’s comic skill..."
Financial Times

"In the orchestra pit Michael Schønwandt shows a great understanding of the comic nature of this opera, being flexible and generous to the performers, while keeping a steady rhythm throughout, particularly in the second and third acts."

"Things moved swiftly, but not precipitously, along under the direction of conductor Michael Schønwandt, who launched the opening moments with dazzling bravura..."

"In the pit Michael Schønwandt keeps a firm hand on the proceedings at all times."

"Michael Schønwandt conducts with a vitality that occasionally tips into over-excitement (the brief introduction to act three sounded aggressive rather than spirited), yet he ensures there's still an early-season freshness to the ROH Chorus and Orchestra."

"And I was totally impressed with conductor Michael Schønwandt who conducted without looking at the score; in fact he had his music score book closed for the most part."

"Danish conductor Michael Schonwandt uncorks the Champagne with meticulous skill."

"Ensembles court (but reliably avoid) danger thanks to thrilling pace and drive from Michael Schonwandt’s pit."
The Spectator