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
September 13, 2016

Golden Gate Park glows with great performances that outshine the fog and chill.

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Opera Review
September 12, 2016

S.F. Opera’s new commission transcends its limitations with sumptuous staging and beguiling performances.

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Opera Review
September 12, 2016

Many things were right about the new production that opened S.F. Opera’s season, but the debuting romantic leads disappointed.

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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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