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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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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 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.

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 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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Upcoming Concert
    April 15, 2014

    Festival Opera confronts the Holocaust in two powerful chamber operas — one created by Nazi victims in 1943, one by a hopeful contemporary team of composer-and-lyricist.

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    Recital REVIEW
     San Francisco Performances  The Rarity of Luca Pisaroni's Artistry
    April 1, 2014

    Bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni's recital showcased the rare singing quality of his vocal line — smooth, even, and connected — and an unforced lyricism of his tone, all-of-one-piece.

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    Opera REVIEW
     Schwabacher Debut Recital Series  Blier's Gift to Our Adlers
    March 30, 2014

    Only Steven Blier could possibly concoct a program as rich, colorful, and provocative as the one he brought to his annual New York Festival of Song Schwabacher Debut Recital.

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    Recital REVIEW
     San Francisco Performances  Christopher Maltman Soldiers On
    March 16, 2014

    War’s savagery is vocally painted in beautifully rendered emotion, in British baritone Christopher Maltman’s songs-of-a-soldier program.

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    Recital REVIEW
       Natalie Dessay's Foray Into Song
    March 15, 2014

    Natalie Dessay’s recital in Davies Symphony Hall showcases the singer's considerable gifts while also evincing some vocal decline.

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    Feature Article
    March 11, 2014

    Here’s the musical version of a charity idea you usually associate with walking, running, and biking.

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    Recital REVIEW
       Crocetto and Lomelí’s Triumphant Return
    March 9, 2014

    A joint recital by Leah Crocetto and David Lomelí at Weill Hall offers a golden opportunity to preview what the rest of the opera world can look forward to from the stars.

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    Recording REVIEW
       Four New Recordings: Landscapes of the Voice
    March 4, 2014

    On four releases: The windswept visuals of the new DVD of Peter Grimes are real on a Britten DVD; plus: three must-hear voices, Olga Peretyatko, Meredith Monk, and Christiane Karg.

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    Recital REVIEW
     Schwabacher Debut Recital Series  What's Love Got to Do With It?
    February 23, 2014

    Schwabacher Debut Recitals are tricky business; singers can be challenged to explore a range of colors and depth of intimacy to which their still-developing technique may not be ideally suited.

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    Opera REVIEW
     Opera San José  Tears and Shock at Opera San José's <em>Madama Butterfly</em>
    February 16, 2014

    The glory and grandness of Puccini and the heart-rending Butterfly of Cecilia Violetta López is on display at the Opera San José.

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    Recital REVIEW
     Calvary Presbyterian Church  Brian Asawa's Unique Voice
    February 7, 2014

    Brian Asawa's Bay Area is return is welcoming, strong, and expressive.

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    Feature Article
    February 4, 2014

    Live concerts are sometimes only as good as your seat. But Meyer Sound’s Constellation Acoustic System can transform a hall’s acoustics — without your being aware of it.

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    Chamber Music REVIEW
     Cal Performances  Finley and Drake's Willful Winter Journey
    February 2, 2014

    Baritone Gerald Finley produced a polished, but mannered interpretation of Schubert’s Winterreise.

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