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
February 23, 2016

With several standout performances by the leads, West Bay Opera’s gamble on Russian opera pays handsome dividends.

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Opera Review
February 22, 2016

The “opera in jazz” follows the life of aging, dementia-scarred prize fighter Emile Griffith.

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Opera Review
February 16, 2016

Opera San Jose’s Carmen, which opened on Feb. 13, works well for the opera neophyte.

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Opera Review
February 12, 2016

Less musically brilliant than the Rossini favorite, Giovanni Paisiello's Barber of Seville still provided plenty of sparkle and musical comedy.

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Opera Review
January 26, 2016

The young company makes the most of its strong cast in a compact, economical staging.

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Opera Review
December 14, 2015

A harrowing performance of the final duet of Eugene Onegin made this gala far more than a parade of star turns.

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Opera Review
December 11, 2015

Gordon Getty and Claude Debussy’s one-acters on Edgar Allen Poe’s classic have different strengths and weaknesses.

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Opera Review
December 8, 2015

The Conservatory’s “by the Brook” Carmen was a vital emotional experience.

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Opera Review
November 29, 2015

Led by a funny, natural Figaro, the S.F. Opera revival of Barber of Seville is frothy entertainment.

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Opera Review
November 21, 2015

Pageantry there is, but the S.F. Opera’s production of Wagner’s Meistersinger von Nürnberg reveals the small, human moments that make this comedy timeless.

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