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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Artist Spotlight
January 28, 2014

Canadian baritone Gerald Finley, set to perform the art-defining song cycle Die Winterreise in Berkeley, discusses its many soul-shaking challenges.

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 Green Music Center   <em>Theodora</em> Ravishes the Senses
January 25, 2014

Theodora (1749), the Handel oratorio, returned to Weill Hall to transcendent effect.

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 West Edge Opera  Thrilling Flights in Rare Rossini
January 19, 2014

A packed house greets the West Edge Opera’s concert performance of Rossini’s early opera, Elizabeth, Queen of England; rarely performed, but well-done here.

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Recital REVIEW
 Stanford Live  Audra McDonald Conquers (Again)
January 18, 2014

The Broadway-based chanteuse worked her magic at Bing Concert Hall, in a program that mixed the new and challenging, with nearly forgotten songs from the classic era of American popular song.

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Artist Spotlight
January 7, 2014

New songs, classic songs, collaborations — Anne Sofie von Otter craves doing it all, and does so with class.

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Upcoming Concert
    January 6, 2014

    "Desire, Despair, Destiny, and Death!" are apt words for Opera Bravura's upcoming opera-scene extravaganza on Jan. 11.

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       Chanticleer's <em>Someone New</em> = Something Else
    January 3, 2014

    Someone New, the latest CD from the men of Chanticleer, is both yummy and filling.

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      <em>here/after</em> Heggie and Scheer: Songs of Lost Voices
    December 13, 2013

    Savor the artistic mastery of the composer/librettist team of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer at their imaginative best in their new DVD here/after, which presents one beautiful, provocative, moving, and occasionally hilarious exploration after the other.

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    Upcoming Concert
      December 5, 2013

      On Dec. 14 at 7 p.m., hundreds of innovative music lovers will assemble in San Francisco’s Dolores Park carrying boomboxes loaded with cassette copies of Phil Kline’s score to Unsilent Night.

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      Artist Spotlight
      December 3, 2013

      Taking advantage of all sorts of singing gigs, from recitals and CDs to dance concerts and opera, is Mischa Bouvier’s main strategy for building a successful career.

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      Opera REVIEW
         A Future So Bright for SFO Adlers
      November 27, 2013

      The aptly named annual Adler Fellows Gala Concert, "The Future Is Now," confirmed that San Francisco Opera’s year long training program prepares apprentice artists for greatness.

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      Artist Spotlight
      November 24, 2013

      A profoundly moving masterwork is revisited, with fresh eyes and ears and heart, by a revered conductor, in performances in San Francisco.

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      Opera REVIEW
       Opera San José  <em>Hansel and Gretel</em> Delights at Opera San José
      November 17, 2013

      Its the opera-friendly acoustic of the California Theatre, OSJ's Hansel and Gretel overflows with musical and visual delights, everyone inhabits their role so completely, and with so much relish, that the opera’s smile-filled ending is assured from the very start. 

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      Opera REVIEW
       San Francisco Opera  A <em>Barber</em> That’s All Thumbs (Up)
      November 14, 2013

      San Francisco Opera’s new production of Barber of Seville is a winner from top to bottom.

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      Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
       Oakland Symphony  OEBS Silver 25 Sparkles In All Its Glory
      November 8, 2013

      Oakland East Bay Symphony, with Canadian soprano Othalie Graham, gave a stirring account of Wagner’s Immolation Scene, in a season opener that aimed high.

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      Artist Spotlight
      October 27, 2013

      One of America’s finest song composers turned just turned 90, without much fanfare. And that’s the way he prefers it.

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      Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
       San Francisco Opera  A Requiem Leaves Its Heart in San Francisco
      October 25, 2013

      A combined effort from the choruses of San Francisco Opera and Italy’s Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli produces a powerhouse performance of Verdi's Requiem.

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      Chamber Music REVIEW
       Cal Performances  Baroque Blowout Featuring Blythe
      October 20, 2013

      Les Violons du Roy and soloist Stephanie Blythe performed at full throttle in their Cal Performances concert, but without enough finesse or delicacy

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      Feature Article
      October 15, 2013

      Gifted with a beautiful, big voice, which she has developed into a completely reliable instrument, Leah Crocetto is rapidly ascending in the ranks of the world’s dramatic sopranos.

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      Opera REVIEW
       San Francisco Opera  Terfel's Confounding Falstaff
      October 8, 2013

      In the S.F Opera's latest production Byrn Terfel's Falstaff remains vocally and physically magnificent, with his giant, peak form voice and towering frame.

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