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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 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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 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.

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Upcoming Concert
    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.

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    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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    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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