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
April 11, 2017

Clever, casual staging showcases the best of the mezzo and bass in their Schwabacher Debut recital.

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Opera Review
April 10, 2017

First-rate performances and production values made for an afternoon of quality opera with no apologies.

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Opera Review
March 14, 2017

Long Beach Opera’s The Perfect American examines the life of the visionary animator.

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Opera Review
March 14, 2017

A rare performance by the Italian soprano delivers Poulenc’s monodrama of misery and longing.

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Opera Review
March 7, 2017

A gentle comic take on Cervantes’ famous novel, with a lovely score.

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Opera Review
March 1, 2017

A program of contemporary excerpts reveals both rough edges and refined ideas.

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Opera Review
February 14, 2017

The lighthearted opera packs a serious, newly relevant punch.

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Opera Review
January 24, 2017

Stephen Eddins’s adaptation of a Eudora Welty story is the highlight of a strong program of works in progress.

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Opera Review
January 17, 2017

Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves and M. Lamar’s Funeral Doom Spiritual tackle uncomfortable subjects, uncompromisingly — and make powerful art out of them.

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Opera Review
December 5, 2016

Fresh selections and stunning performances set a new benchmark for the renowned residency program.

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