“Johann Stuckenbruck directed his large, virtuoso orchestra with inspirational drive, maintaining strict, rhythmic unanimity between stage and pit.”
In demand in both the opera house and concert hall, American/British conductor Johann Stuckenbruck is a regular assistant conductor at Glyndebourne and a cover conductor with the San Diego Symphony.
Plans for the forthcoming season include making debuts with the San Diego Symphony and at Glyndebourne where he will conduct Don Pasquale on tour and give the world premiere of Pay the Piper. Furthermore, he will also assist Music Director Robin Ticciati on a new production of Kát’a Kabanová at the Glyndebourne festival. Recently, Johann assisted Andriy Yurkevych on a production of Lucrezia Borgia at Opera de Tenerife and Lee Reynolds on VOpera’s recording of L’enfant et les sortilèges with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Johann was due to conduct Die Zauberflöte on the Glyndebourne tour and assist on Dialogues des Carmélites in a new production by Barrie Kosky at the Glyndebourne festival.
In the concert hall, recent highlights have included conducting The Hallé, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté, Salomon Orchestra, and the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. He has regularly assisted Sir Mark Elder at The Hallé and was also second conductor with the orchestra on La Damnation de Faust at the Edinburgh Festival. Further afield, Johann has worked with Mathieu Herzog and the Blaricum Festival Orchestra, has conducted the Campos do Jordão Festival Orchestra at the Sala São Paulo, and has covered concerts for Rafael Payare and Alisa Weilerstein with the San Diego Symphony.
In opera, Johann has assisted Rafael Payare on Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Glyndebourne Festival and Leo McFall at Opera North on Turn of the Screw. He conducted Kurt Weill’s The Tsar Has his Photograph Taken at the Bloomsbury Theatre to critical acclaim and has conducted productions of Lucia di Lammermoor and La Cenerentola. Johann has also conducted in the world premieres of Joanna Lee’s vast community opera No Sound Ever Dies at the Brooklands Museum and Belongings by Lewis Murphy at Glyndebourne.
Johann maintains a close relationship to new music and has given numerous world premieres including works by Rob Keeley, Sophya Polevaya, Steve Pickett, Matthew Olyver, Tim Bowers and Robin Haigh. He recorded Vasilis Alevizos’s Concerto for Piano and Symphony Orchestra while at the Royal Academy of Music and more recently the composer’s score to the multi award-winning short film DIVA, which received debuts at the LA Film Festival, Milan Film Festival and the British Film Institute.
Recipient of the ASRAM Prize, Johann graduated with distinction in Orchestral Conducting from the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Sian Edwards and participated in masterclasses with visiting conductors Martyn Brabbins and Mark Stringer. During his time at the Royal Academy, Johann regularly shadowed visiting conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Edward Gardner, Sir Mark Elder, Manuel López-Gómez, Christopher Warren-Green, and Trevor Pinnock. Abroad, he participated in masterclasses and received mentorship from Daniele Gatti, Marin Alsop, Giancarlo Guerrero, Arvo Volmer, and Neil Thompson.