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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Choral Review
August 23, 2016

Music Director Robert Geary’s intimate knowledge of Verdi’s choral masterpiece anchored a strong, if flawed, performance.

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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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Non-Western Classical Music Review
August 20, 2016

Yo-Yo Ma’s trailblazing ensemble tears it up in concert at UC Berkeley’s Greek Theater.

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Chamber Music Review
August 20, 2016

After playing second fiddle to text on Lang’s new piece, cellist Maya Beiser shines on his earlier world to come.

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Recital Review
August 16, 2016

New Piano Collective’s second inaugural program ranged from the sublime to the silly.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
August 16, 2016

The North American premiere of a 1734 Handel serenata is an interesting glimpse of the composer fulfilling his duties as unofficial court composer. Eyes and ears were on some of the strongly cast soloists.

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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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