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William R. Braun

is a pianist and writer in Connecticut.


  • In Good Hands

    In Good Hands

    The magnificent sound of the Metropolitan Opera chorus is the work of Donald Palumbo.

  • HANDEL: Semele
    Opera & Oratorio August 2023

    HANDEL: Semele

    Mass Appeal

    Staging Handel’s opera in a church has its upside.

  • Matthias Goerne: Schubert Revisited
    Goerne Schubert Revisited
    Recital July 2023

    Matthias Goerne: Schubert Revisited

    “It’s something like spending eighty minutes in a room where all the walls and the ceiling have been covered in the same elegant brocade wallpaper.”

  • Mark Padmore: Schubert: Schwanengesang
    Padmore Schwanengesang
    Concert July 2023

    Mark Padmore: Schubert: Schwanengesang

    “Padmore and pianist Mitsuko Uchida choose a distant and distended approach.”

  • The Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
    Concerts & Recitals, Online Exclusive September 2023

    The Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

    "Does an opera orchestra play a tone poem with more narrative thrust than a symphony orchestra? It seemed so with the Met Orchestra's performance of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. Yannick Nézet-Séguin achieved a naturalness in transitions here that was lacking in the performance of Bernstein’s suite of dances from West Side Story, while the premiere of Matthew Aucoin's Heath (King Lear sketches) showed canny spatial manipulation of the orchestral texture."

  • Full Range
    Cover Story July 2023

    Full Range

    Self-described baritenor Michael Spyres has created a singular career.

  • Der Fliegende Holländer at the Metropolitan Opera
    North America, Online Exclusive August 2023

    Der Fliegende Holländer at the Metropolitan Opera

    "The Met's spring run of Der Fliegende Holländer was originally meant to be a revival. But when François Girard’s production was new in March 2020 it achieved only three performances before the company, and most of the world, had to shut down. An entirely new cast and conductor were on hand for the May 30 season premiere, and while Girard’s production turned out to be thin and uninterested in the relationships of the characters, there was plenty of drama coming from the orchestra pit."

  • CHERUBINI: Les Abencérages
    Opera & Oratorio June 2023

    CHERUBINI: Les Abencérages

    “This is a truly rewarding opera, and this recording makes the best possible case for it.”

  • Lohengrin at The Metropolitan Opera
    North America May 2023

    Lohengrin at The Metropolitan Opera

    "The Met’s new production of Lohengrin offered top-notch principals and the full glory of the chorus and orchestra."