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
June 16, 2016

Leoš Janáček’s powerful music drama gets a thoughtful, musically pungent production.

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Opera Review
June 14, 2016

Vocally and orchestrally, this revival is as good as it gets.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 7, 2016

The Parisian-inflected program featured works by Saint-Saëns, Franck, and da Falla.

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Dance Review
May 31, 2016

Liam Scarlett’s new story ballet is co-produced by San Francisco Ballet and headed here next season.

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Opera Review
May 31, 2016

Composer Jake Heggie and Librettist Gene Scheer tell stories of camp survivors in an new opera.

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Recital Review
May 31, 2016

The pianist’s remarkable technique and musicianship added sparkle to the pedestrian and clarity to the obscure.

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Opera Review
May 31, 2016

Calixto Bieito’s setting of Bizet’s classic explores the corrosive effects of doomed love.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 27, 2016

The semistaged production cleverly transcends limits and delivers an exuberant reading of Bernstein’s score.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 25, 2016

The popular mezzo-soprano justifies her adulation in a standout performance of an eerie Berlioz cantata.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 24, 2016

A John Adams piece featuring electric violin is at the heart of a program exploring the contemplative side of 20th-century music.

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