Opera Zuid / Bernstein, “A Quiet Place”

“In the choir and orchestra, the love for Bernstein’s music blossomed. Under the steady hand of Karel Deseure, the South Netherlands Philharmonic played with great commitment. The orchestral sound had a direct character in a relaxed combination of sweetness and swing.” (Trans.)

Trouw ★★★★, November 2018


“The young Belgian conductor led the newly-formed South Netherlands Philharmonic with a lot of verve.”

Theaterkrant, November 2018


“Conductor Karel Deseure gave this musical palette plenty of color. He provided excellent leadership for the beautiful playing of Philharmonie Zuidnederland.” (Trans.)

Place de l’opera ★★★★★, November 2018


“Conductor Karel Deseure and Philharmonie Zuidnederland, on the other hand, shifted between different musical forms effortlessly. And so a chemistry emerged between the orchestra, singers and direction that revealed the inner essence of this opera: it is not about hearing but listening.” (Trans.)

NRC ★★★★, November 2018


“Bernstein’s music is accessible, but it is complex. The way in which Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Karel Deseure and the large cast gave the music shape is deserving of praise.” (Trans.)

de Volkskrant ★★★★, November 2018


“We have to revise the label ‘promising’ for conductor Karel Deseure; the man is a top conductor… Deseure conjured up with his baton sounds with the glow of Strauss, but also with the swing of Gershwin. The performance was compelling and overall a great pleasure.” (Trans.)

Opera Gazet, November 2018

Opera Zuid / Verdi, “Un ballo in maschera”

“The main attraction is the Philharmonie Zuidnederland under the baton of young conductor Karel Deseure… Deseure leads the Philharmonie Zuidnederland in an excellent performance, allowing plenty of space and colour for Verdi’s light and dark meandering melodies.” (Trans.)
NRC, June 2018

“…the true hero stands in the orchestra pit”
De Volkskrant, May 2016

“It was the orchestra in the pit that commanded your attention. Led by the Belgian Karel Deseure (who made his opera conducting debut) the South Netherlands Philharmonic played with great warmth and engagement, with a sense of phrasing and musical direction, and with beautifully highlighted details
De Limburger, May 2016