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Ilana Walder-Biesanz

Ilana Walder-Biesanz reviews opera and theater for San Francisco Classical Voice, Opera Online, Bachtrack, and Stark Insider. She studied in England as a Gates-Cambridge Scholar (European Literature and Culture) and in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar (theater studies). 

Articles by this Author

Opera Review
June 11, 2019

The production and music make a long evening engrossing.

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Opera Review
May 28, 2019

Verdi’s last opera is uneven in the venerable company’s new production.

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Opera Review
March 25, 2019

Laura Kaminsky’s opera tells a big story with just two voices and bare-bones staging.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
March 12, 2019

S.F. Conservatory of Music stages a Handel opera.

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Opera Review
February 26, 2019

The operatic adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel boasts some winning songs, well-delivered. But is that enough?

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Opera Review
January 22, 2019

Mark Adamo’s score and libretto capture the simplicity and charm of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel.

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Dance Review
November 5, 2018

The new work explores coming together and apart, disconnectedly.

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Opera Review
October 16, 2018

Julie Adams is terrific as Mimi, and a relaxed, modern setting sets the stage for great singing and playing throughout.

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Opera Review
September 10, 2018

A great soprano in a part that calls upon all her acting and singing resources.

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Opera Review
July 30, 2018

Delightful productions of Orfeo ed Euridice and Rossini’s La Cenerentola are staged on consecutive evenings.

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Opera Review
July 23, 2018

Merola’s burgeoning young professionals give Mozart’s seldom-heard Il re pastore a worthwhile hearing.

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Opera Review
May 29, 2018

There’s a reason Cimarosa’s biggest hit languishes in the opera hinterlands.

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Opera Review
May 6, 2018

John Musto’s Bastianello and William Bolcom’s Lucrezia have fun with hoary comedic situations.

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Opera Review
March 5, 2018

The Mozart of the Champs-Élysées proves a match for G&S in Pocket's witty, well-sung production.

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Opera Review
December 19, 2017

The 12-year-old composer has created a fully realized and worthwhile opera.

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Opera Review
December 11, 2017

Nine singers gave thrilling evidence that they’re ready for the big time.

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Opera Review
December 5, 2017

Strong performances lift an often-charming opera from sinking in its own syrup.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
November 13, 2017

William Christie pairs Purcell with the pastorale Actéon.

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Opera Review
November 6, 2017

Brilliant design and direction support a superb cast and an outstanding performance by tenor Michael Fabiano.

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Opera Review
October 17, 2017

The legendary singer is only one reason to see these powerful Verdi and Bizet productions.

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