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Florian Just (baritone) began his vocal training as a member of the Dresdner Kreuzchor, where he already sang as a boy soprano soloist in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Semperoper Dresden and the Staatsoper in Berlin. He studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the Conservatoire de Metz  in the Opera and Liedklas of Udo Reinemann.

Florian Just is a much sought-after soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Staatskapelle Dresden, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra), the St Matthew and St John Passion (Dutch Bach Society, Gelders Orkest, Noord Nederlands Orkest), Mahler’s orchestral songs (De Philharmonie, Ebony Ensemble) and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

His operatic repertoire includes:
Pelléas from Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande (Nationale Reisopera – RAP/MuziektheaterTransparant), Dulcamara from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Enrico from Haydn’s L’isola disabitata (Canal Festival). He has been a regular guest at Holland Opera for several years now.
In addition to the title roles from C. Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Dido and Aeneas, he sang there in numerous new contemporary opera productions. He also works internationally in the field of modern music theatre. He could be heard in Lucia Ronchetti’s new opera Der Sonne entgegen (Opernhaus Gelsenkirchen), sang Xenakis’ Oresteïa and Il Servo in Sciarrinos Luci mie traditrici (Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires and Teatro Argentino in La Plata) and sang the leading role in the world premiere by Morton Subotnik’s Jacobs Room at the Bregenzer Festspiele, Berlin, Vienna and Dresden. He made a great impression with Xenakis’ Aïs in the Teatro Colon / Buenos Aires (Philharmonic Orchestra Buenos Aires) and during the Saturday matinee of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in Bergs Wozzeck (Handwerksbursche) and Strauss’ Elektra (Pfleger des Orest). In 2022 he will sing the role of Micha in the Dutch-language version of Smetanas  Prodaná Nevèsta at the Nederlandse Reisopera.

He has worked with conductors such as Jos van Veldhoven, Markus Stenz, Ed Spanjaard, Reinbert de Leeuw, Vaclav Lúks, Arturo Tamayo, Alejo Peres and Tito Ceccherini.

In 2016, his debut CD ‘Monologe‘, which was praised by the international press, was released in collaboration with pianist Jan-Paul Grijpink. On October 1, 2022, his 2nd CD Éternelle Dualité ~ Songs of Love and War with French songs for voice, piano, flute and cello will be released at the same lable.

Florian Just won several prizes at international competitions. Such as the press prize and the Vriendenkrans of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Schubert Prize of the international competition “Schubert und die Musik der Moderne” in Graz, Austria.