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 14, 2015

Extraordinary singing by Michael Fabiano was the main reward in an otherwise uninspiring performance.

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Opera Review
August 24, 2015

The 2015 edition of the Merola Opera Program’s Grand Finale provided all the drama and entertainment of a reality TV competition.

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Opera Review
August 18, 2015

Marais’ opera get its long overdue U.S. premiere thanks to American Bach Soloists.

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Opera Review
August 11, 2015

Merola does it again with the excellent Don Pasquale, but the production deserved more than just two performances.

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Opera Review
August 4, 2015

Santa Fe Opera has another successful launch of a new work thanks to the work of composer Jennifer Higdon and librettist Gene Scheer.

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Opera Review
August 4, 2015

With its unique setting, a former steel pipe factory, West Edge Opera stays true to its marketing tagline of "unexpected places" for "remarkable operas."

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Opera Review
July 28, 2015

West Edge Opera’s full-out production embraced the hedonistic sexuality and the depravity of Alban Berg’s masterpiece.

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Opera Review
July 28, 2015

The chamber opera follows the transition of a transgender person to womanhood, sung simultaneously by baritone Dan Kempson and mezzo-soprano Brenda Patterson.

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Opera Review
July 27, 2015

The Merola Opera Program pairs a quiet take on Gian Carlo Menotti’s haunting short opera with a loud performance of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.

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Opera Review
July 13, 2015

Festival Opera makes a comeback with its contemporary production of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos.

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