Jason Victor Serinus

Jason Victor Serinus is a professional whistler and lecturer on opera and vocal recordings. He is editor of Psychoimmunity and the Healing Process: A Holistic Approach to Immunity & AIDS, and he has written about music for Opera News, Opera Now, American Record Guide, Stereophile, Carnegie Hall Playbill, Gramophone, AudioStream, San Francisco Magazine, Stanford Live, Bay Area Reporter, and other publications.

Articles by this Author

Chamber Music REVIEW
   Goat Rodeo Sessions: Copious Delights
August 24, 2013

A presentation of the Goat Rodeo Sessions offers a star-studded lineup and an evening of musicianship at its finest.

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CD REVIEW
  Jonas Kaufmann: <em>The Verdi Album</em> Jonas Kaufmann Takes On Verdi
September 6, 2013

Though not a perfect Verdi tenor, Kaufmann is viscerally exciting and among the best we have right now.

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Opera REVIEW
 Merola Opera Program  Merola's Finest Bid Adieu ... For Now
August 17, 2013

The Merola Grand Finale 2013 displayed one of the finest choruses anyone will ever hear perform the finale from Bernstein’s Candide, showcasing six principals, each of whom sang as though stardom is already theirs.

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CD REVIEW
  Aleksandra Kurzak: <em>Bel Raggio</em> Kurzak Rolls On With Rossini
August 9, 2013

As a way of bidding Rossini adieu, or so she intimates, Kurzak has at last produced an entire disc of the composer’s scenes and arias, many of which are rarely performed.

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Opera REVIEW
 Merola Opera Program  Merola's Marvelous <em>Marriage of Figaro</em>
August 1, 2013

Opera-stars-in-the-making strut their stuff in a delightfully attractive and well-blended Marriage of Figaro.

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DVD REVIEW
  <em>Ariadne auf Naxos</em> A Great <em>Ariadne auf Naxos</em>
July 26, 2013

An Ariadne auf Naxos DVD featuring a dream conductor/cast combo — glorious, steady, and soaring Straussian conducting, and the best vocal artistry of our era — is one that belongs in every opera lover's collection.

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CD REVIEW
  Rappahannock County Gordon's Songs of Heart and Sorrow
July 5, 2013

The CD set Rappahannock County ponders the question of whether musical and poetic language can effectively communicate both the emotional aftermath of the Civil War and the death of one’s partner from AIDS.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  <em>West Side Story</em>: A Dream Realized
June 27, 2013

The incredible sound of the San Francisco Symphony, and the spirit from the musicians, singers, and MTT, combine for the finest sounding West Side Story you are likely to hear.

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CD REVIEW
  Weber: <em>Der Freischütz</em> Sir Colin's Parting <em>Der Freischütz</em>
June 28, 2013

A release by Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra of Der Freischütz tells a decidedly old-fashioned tale whose romantic charms can wear thin, mostly because it cannot compete with many of its recorded predecessors.

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Recital REVIEW
 Merola Opera Program  Martin Katz: Master of Class
June 24, 2013

In a Merola master class, the gold standard coach and accompanist Martin Katz demonstrates before a live audience what it takes to transform glorious sound into great artistry.

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Choral REVIEW
 Lieder Alive!  Lieder Springs Alive
June 13, 2013

Lieder Alive! lives up to its name; a refreshing setting for a recital, great acoustics, a welcome selection of repertoire.

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Upcoming Concert
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    June 27 —July 2

    Surprisingly, the upcoming performances of the great American musical at the San Francisco Symphony, with a high-powered cast, will be the first-ever concert run-throughs of the entire show.

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    Opera REVIEW
     San Francisco Opera  And a Good <em>Così</em> Was Had by Tutte
    June 9, 2013

    The San Francisco Opera's lovely production of Così fan tutte has so many near-perfect aspects that its light continues to shine long after the curtain has closed.

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    CD REVIEW
      Bellini: <em>Norma</em> Bartoli's Ground-Breaking <em>Norma</em>
    June 7, 2013

    This Norma may confound expectations, but the finesse, sincerity, and depth that Bartoli brings to the role will stay with you long after the recording’s authentic novelty has subsided.

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    Opera REVIEW
     San Francisco Opera  An Ever-Surprising <em>Tales of Hoffmann</em> From S.F. Opera
    June 5, 2013

    The S.F. Opera production of Tales of Hoffmann astounds on many levels: the production, stellar cast, and direction combine for the most imaginative, creative, and energetic versions you're likely to ever see. 

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    Opera REVIEW
      West Bay Opera and Festival Opera <em>Otello</em>: Power and Grace
    May 24, 2013

    Hats off to West Bay Opera, whose co-production with Festival Opera of Verdi’s masterpiece Otello won over virtually all who saw it on opening night.

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    Critics' Picks
    SFO Tales of Hoffman
    • Critics Pick
    Jun 5 - Jul 6

    The cast of The Tales of Hoffman is superb: tenor Matthew Polenzani, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn are at the top of their game.

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    DVD REVIEW
      John Wilson Orchestra: <em>Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies</em> Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies
    May 10, 2013

    So unerring in the selections on Rodgers & Hammerstein At the Movies, the John Wilson Orchestra’s new disc, you will likely enjoy yourself immensely and maybe even swoon.

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    Artist Spotlight
    May 2, 2013

    The young bicoastal and tremendously busy tenor Michael Fabiano has much to say about getting into the character of a song, and the crying need for arts in the schools.

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    Recital REVIEW
       Goerne and Eschenbach’s Supreme <Em>Winterreise</Em>
    April 28, 2013

    With sweet tone and wrenching tenderness, Matthias Goerne with pianist Christoph Eschenbach give Schubert’s monumental Winterreise song cycle a performance for the ages.

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