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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
October 17, 2017

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

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Opera Review
September 25, 2017

Glittery sets and costumes aren’t enough to save this tired production.

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Feature Article
June 23, 2017

Mason Bates’ opera is designed to use both high-tech and traditional operatic ideas to enter the inner world of the mercurial co-founder of Apple, Inc.

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Opera Review
June 2, 2017

The baritone created something special out of a shopworn production.

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Opera Review
February 14, 2017

The lighthearted opera packs a serious, newly relevant punch.

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Opera Review
November 8, 2016

Leslie Swackhamer’s revival of the Jun Kaneko production at S.F. Opera is as forcefully anti-imperialist as the opera will allow.

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Opera Review
August 9, 2016

Strong leads, clever staging, and a solid orchestra bring out the best in Handel’s dark satire.

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Opera Review
June 16, 2016

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

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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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Opera Review
April 11, 2016

A young, period performance company wraps up Handel’s Orlando furioso trilogy.

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Opera Review
November 29, 2015

Led by a funny, natural Figaro, the S.F. Opera revival of Barber of Seville is frothy entertainment.

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Opera Review
October 19, 2015

Opera traditionalists will find plenty to like about West Bay Opera’s production, which lacks surprises.

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Opera Review
October 12, 2015

S.F. Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor lacks novelty but packs the satisfying emotional punch of well-delivered tragedy.

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