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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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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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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Choral REVIEW
 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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Opera REVIEW
 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
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    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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    CD REVIEW
       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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    CD REVIEW
      <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
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      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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