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

Ilana Walder-Biesanz - October 23, 2023

Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s new work, set during the American Civil War, has its characters wrestling with the nature of storytelling.

Ilana Walder-Biesanz - February 17, 2020

It’s an all-out production, and singers and orchestra shine.

Ilana Walder-Biesanz - June 11, 2019

The production and music make a long evening engrossing.

Ilana Walder-Biesanz - May 28, 2019

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

Ilana Walder-Biesanz - March 25, 2019

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

Ilana Walder-Biesanz - March 11, 2019

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

Ilana Walder-Biesanz - February 25, 2019

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

Ilana Walder-Biesanz - January 21, 2019

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

Ilana Walder-Biesanz - November 5, 2018

The new work explores coming together and apart, disconnectedly.

Ilana Walder-Biesanz - October 16, 2018

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