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Jason Victor Serinus

Jason Victor Serinus is a music critic, professional whistler, and lecturer on classical vocal recordings. His credits includes Seattle Times, Listen, Opera News, Opera Now, American Record Guide, Stereophile, Classical Voice North America, Carnegie Hall Playbill, Gramophone, San Francisco Magazine, Stanford Live, Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco Examiner, AudioStream, and California Magazine.

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CD Review
August 9, 2013

As a way of bidding Rossini adieu, or so she intimates, Kurzak has at last produced an entire disc of the composer’s scenes and arias, many of which are rarely performed.

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Opera Review
August 1, 2013

Opera-stars-in-the-making strut their stuff in a delightfully attractive and well-blended Marriage of Figaro.

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DVD Review
July 26, 2013

An Ariadne auf Naxos DVD featuring a dream conductor/cast combo — glorious, steady, and soaring Straussian conducting, and the best vocal artistry of our era — is one that belongs in every opera lover's collection.

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CD Review
July 5, 2013

The CD set Rappahannock County ponders the question of whether musical and poetic language can effectively communicate both the emotional aftermath of the Civil War and the death of one’s partner from AIDS.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 27, 2013

The incredible sound of the San Francisco Symphony, and the spirit from the musicians, singers, and MTT, combine for the finest sounding West Side Story you are likely to hear.

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CD Review
June 28, 2013

A release by Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra of Der Freischütz tells a decidedly old-fashioned tale whose romantic charms can wear thin, mostly because it cannot compete with many of its recorded predecessors.

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Recital Review
June 24, 2013

In a Merola master class, the gold standard coach and accompanist Martin Katz demonstrates before a live audience what it takes to transform glorious sound into great artistry.

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Choral Review
June 13, 2013

Lieder Alive! lives up to its name; a refreshing setting for a recital, great acoustics, a welcome selection of repertoire.

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Upcoming Concert
June 13, 2013

Surprisingly, the upcoming performances of the great American musical at the San Francisco Symphony, with a high-powered cast, will be the first-ever concert run-throughs of the entire show.

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Opera Review
June 9, 2013

The San Francisco Opera's lovely production of Così fan tutte has so many near-perfect aspects that its light continues to shine long after the curtain has closed.

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CD Review
June 7, 2013

This Norma may confound expectations, but the finesse, sincerity, and depth that Bartoli brings to the role will stay with you long after the recording’s authentic novelty has subsided.

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Opera Review
June 5, 2013

The S.F. Opera production of Tales of Hoffmann astounds on many levels: the production, stellar cast, and direction combine for the most imaginative, creative, and energetic versions you're likely to ever see. 

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Opera Review
May 24, 2013

Hats off to West Bay Opera, whose co-production with Festival Opera of Verdi’s masterpiece Otello won over virtually all who saw it on opening night.

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Upcoming Concert
May 23, 2013

The cast of The Tales of Hoffman is superb: tenor Matthew Polenzani, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn are at the top of their game.

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DVD Review
May 10, 2013

So unerring in the selections on Rodgers & Hammerstein At the Movies, the John Wilson Orchestra’s new disc, you will likely enjoy yourself immensely and maybe even swoon.

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Artist Spotlight
May 2, 2013

The young bicoastal and tremendously busy tenor Michael Fabiano has much to say about getting into the character of a song, and the crying need for arts in the schools.

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Recital Review
April 28, 2013

With sweet tone and wrenching tenderness, Matthias Goerne with pianist Christoph Eschenbach give Schubert’s monumental Winterreise song cycle a performance for the ages.

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Opera Review
April 26, 2013

Opera Parallèle’s Trouble in Tahiti is brought to life by an excellent cast and fine instrumental ensemble, and shines as the engaging, moving, and oft-delightful romp that Bernstein intended.

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CD Review
April 26, 2013

Virtually a year after releasing their delicious recording, Los Pájaros Perdidos, Christina Pluhar and her early music ensemble, L’Arpeggiata, journey to the Mediterranean.

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Upcoming Concert
April 24, 2013

A trailblazing ambient-music conference, with talks and live concerts featuring a range of composers and artists, revs up for its time in the sun, in San Rafael on May 3–5.

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