Classical Music Reviews

Every week, our professional critics attend concerts throughout the Bay Area to let you know what went well...and occasionally what didn't. Let their insights enrich your musical experiences, and feel free to share your own views!


Opera Review
August 22, 2016

The future of opera is in good hands and magnificent voices, as demonstrated by 23 great young performers.

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Opera Review
August 9, 2016

It was a group effort that brought home Mozart’s final Italian comedy at Merola, all the way down to the apprentice coaches.

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Opera Review
August 9, 2016

Strong leads, clever staging, and a solid orchestra bring out the best in Handel’s dark satire.

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Opera Review
August 2, 2016

West Edge Opera’s production of Leoš Janáček’s masterpiece was much stronger musically than dramatically.

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Opera Review
August 1, 2016

Thomas Adès’ early masterpiece has lost none of its shock value, but there is serious musical and dramatic entertainment, exploited to the full by West Edge Opera.

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Opera Review
July 26, 2016

Anne Sexton’s dark, wordy libretto is buoyed by strong performances and Conrad Susa’s score.

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Opera Review
July 19, 2016

Stripped down to essentials, this was a visceral, exciting production of Monteverdi's masterpiece, The Coronation of Poppea.

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Opera Review
June 16, 2016

Leoš Janáček’s powerful music drama gets a thoughtful, musically pungent production.

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Opera Review
June 14, 2016

Vocally and orchestrally, this revival is as good as it gets.

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Opera Review
May 31, 2016

Composer Jake Heggie and Librettist Gene Scheer tell stories of camp survivors in an new opera.

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