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
December 5, 2016

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

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Opera Review
November 8, 2016

Leslie Swackhamer’s revival of the Jun Kaneko production at S.F. Opera is as forcefully anti-imperialist as the opera will allow.

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Opera Review
November 8, 2016

Phelim McDermott, the wizard behind the 2007 English National Opera production of Satyagraha, comes through again with a spectacular staging of a brilliant but difficult show.

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Opera Review
November 8, 2016

SFO’s militantly fresh approach eschews the camels and kitsch and highlights outstanding performances, potent choreography, and unapologetically modern design.

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Opera Review
November 1, 2016

Artist in residence Matthew Aucoin created and conducted a new pastiche score for F.W. Murnau’s classic film that was surprisingly moving.

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Opera Review
October 21, 2016

It’s hard to come to grips with the new opera presented by L.A. Opera, which may be part of the point.

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Opera Review
October 18, 2016

The ambitious company’s production had lively acting and singing, but a few misfires in the orchestra pit.

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Opera Review
October 18, 2016

Pitch-perfect performances and stark, elegant staging deliver an emotional wallop in this must-see production.

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Opera Review
September 30, 2016

The Italian bass-baritone delivers an opera buffa performance for the ages.

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Opera Review
September 27, 2016

Solid performances highlight a streamlined production that emphasizes contemporary themes in the Weimar-era opera.

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