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
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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Opera Review
May 31, 2016

Calixto Bieito’s setting of Bizet’s classic explores the corrosive effects of doomed love.

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Opera Review
May 23, 2016

Excellent singing was at the fore of a genuinely funny operatic comedy from 1679.

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Opera Review
May 2, 2016

Opera Parallèle delivers an imaginative production of Peter Maxwell Davies’ mysterious opera for three voices.

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Opera Review
April 18, 2016

New Opera NYC’s Julia Lima and Viktor Antipenko are thrilling in Tchaikovsky one-act opera.

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Opera Review
April 11, 2016

A young, period performance company wraps up Handel’s Orlando furioso trilogy.

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