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.

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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

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    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.

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    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" »
    Upcoming Concert
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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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      Opera REVIEW
       West Bay Opera  This <em>Magic Flute</em> Lives Up to Its Name
      May 23, 2014

      The West Bay Opera's Magic Flute list of joys is long, a cumulative accomplishment of production, casting, and intention.

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      Feature Article
      May 13, 2014

      A cappella singing groups of all kinds, from all over the world, descend on Marin this weekend, in a major musical event that has its own army of dedicated enthusiasts.

      More "A Cappella Love Fest at the Harmony Sweepstakes Festival" »
      Choral REVIEW
       Opera San José  All Hail  Irene Dalis: Young Singers to Watch
      May 9, 2014

      Some of the finest singing that has graced Bay Area stages this year distinguished the finals of the eighth annual Irene Dalis Vocal Competition.

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      Recital REVIEW
         Winter Journey on Mother's Day
      May 10, 2014

      Baritone Florian Boesch and pianist Malcolm Martineau brought their brilliant interpretation Schubert’s stark Winterreise (Winter Journey) to golden-toned Weill Hall.

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      Recital REVIEW
         Stephanie Blythe Woos and Wows
      May 3, 2014

      Before a a thrilled audience, as though she could do no wrong, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe dedicated her take-no-prisoners voice to a winning program of French song and American popular classics from the 20th century.

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      Artist Spotlight
      April 21, 2014

      Concert-loving mezzo Kelley O’Connor talks about upcoming performances and the expanding arc of her career.

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