Jason Victor Serinus

Jason Victor Serinus is a music critic, professional whistler, and lecturer on classical vocal recordings. His credits includes Seattle Times, Listen, Opera News, Opera Now, American Record Guide, Stereophile, Classical Voice North America, Carnegie Hall Playbill, Gramophone, San Francisco Magazine, Stanford Live, Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco Examiner, AudioStream, and California Magazine.

Articles by this Author

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    March 4, 2015

    An intrepid singer finds a long-lost Venetian Baroque opera and brings it to performance.

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      February 18, 2015

      The musicians discuss their original approach to the music of Bartok and Haydn, which they showcase this Sunday at Music@Menlo.

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      CD REVIEW
         Netrebko's <em>Four Last Songs</em> Comes Up Short
      February 6, 2015

      Not a contender among so many great recorded interpretations of the songs, but Netrebko is backed by a marvelous orchestra and conductor who know their Strauss.

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      Feature Article
      February 5, 2015

      In his first season as Opera San Jose's artistic director, Larry Hancock is betting on a likeable adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel.

      More "Opera San Jose Ventures Where Angels Fear to Tread" »
      Feature Article
      December 26, 2014

      What better way to get your New Year off to a great start than with three videos that have a strong relationship with San Francisco Opera.

      More "Three "Local Angle" Opera Videos" »
      Feature Article
      December 17, 2014

      Great music and gift ideas for classical music lovers (and how to get hold of them quickly).

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        December 2, 2014

        Read an interview with composer and musician Terry Riley. His In C changed the course of modern music, he has spent half a century at the cutting edge of musical exploration, and it is impossible to speak of Riley’s music without referencing his energy and world outlook.

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        News Report
        October 23, 2014

        CD-quality, on demand streaming is about to expand with the entry of two new companies into the U.S. market. Both are jockeying for position as major players

        More "Music Streaming About to Get Boost in U.S." »
        News Report
        October 19, 2014

        The Walkman is back. It’s now accepting pre-orders on its own lightweight, 64 GB, Hi-Res Walkman Digital Music Player due out in November.

        More "Sony's New High-Res Digital Musical Player" »
        Feature Article
        October 13, 2014

        Four new mind-boggling, jaw-dropping, ear-seducing recordings by Cecilia Bartoli, Dominque Labelle, Alice Coote, and Nathalie Stutzman give pleasure almost beyond words.

        More "Four Essential Vocal Recordings" »
        News Report
        September 24, 2014

        On Sept. 23 a newly remastered 69-CD box set of Maria Callas’ entire studio discography became available from Warner Classics.

        More "Callas: More Divine than Ever" »
        Recording REVIEW
         CD Review  Joyce DiDonato Ignites Napoli
        September 12, 2014

        The wondrous mezzo Joyce DiDonato, now at the very top of her game, sings bel canto arias to a fare-thee-well, both the rare and the familiar, the tragic and the camp.

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        Opera REVIEW
         West Edge Opera  A Surprisingly Fresh <em>La bohème</em>
        July 26, 2014

        At the Saturday night opening of Mark Streshinsky’s production of La bohème for West Edge Opera, the erosion of boundaries between singers and audience left attendees beaming.

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        Opera REVIEW
         San Francisco Opera S.F. Opera Simulcast at AT&T Ballpark <em>Traviata</em> Second Cast Home Run
        July 12, 2014

        An AT&T Park crowd, gathered for S.F. Opera’s simulcast of La traviata was treated to a fine, all-American cast that revivified the production.

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        Feature Article
        June 25, 2014

        New affordable products to play high-resolution recordings are making download files and Blu-ray audio not only unavoidable, but irresistible. Bye, bye CDs.

        More "Next Wave Audio: The Affordable Revolution in High-Resolution Recording" »
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          June 17, 2014

          In a change of pace, Kitka, the women’s vocal group that specializes in Eastern European folk traditions, has commissioned a new composition for Gay Pride Week.

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          Opera REVIEW
           San Francisco Opera  The Tragedy of <em>Butterfly</em>
          June 15, 2014

          More than one tragedy unfolded in the S.F. Opera's Madama Butterfly, but the production and direction transcended all to show opera at its finest.

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          Opera REVIEW
           San Francisco Opera  <em>La traviata</em>: The Fallen Woman Rises Again
          June 11, 2014

          SFO’s current La traviata, the first in five years, is the Company’s sixth consecutive mounting of John Copley’s attractive, albeit traditional 17-year old production.

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          Recital REVIEW
             Hvorostovsky Muscles into San Francisco
          May 25, 2014

          The star Russian baritone still has plenty of power and authority, and boisterous fans. But these days, lyricism and variety are in short supply.

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