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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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
May 23, 2013

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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Opera REVIEW
 Opera Parallèle  Bernstein's <em>Trouble</em> Is Our Joy
April 26, 2013

Opera Parallèle’s Trouble in Tahiti is brought to life by an excellent cast and fine instrumental ensemble, and shines as the engaging, moving, and oft-delightful romp that Bernstein intended.

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CD REVIEW
  L’Arpeggiata <em>Mediterraneo</em> L’Arpeggiata’s Mediterranean Delight
April 26, 2013

Virtually a year after releasing their delicious recording, Los Pájaros Perdidos, Christina Pluhar and her early music ensemble, L’Arpeggiata, journey to the Mediterranean.

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Upcoming Concert
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    April 24, 2013

    A trailblazing ambient-music conference, with talks and live concerts featuring a range of composers and artists, revs up for its time in the sun, in San Rafael on May 3–5.

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    Feature Article
    April 22, 2013

    The creative bond behind a new oratorio commissioned by the San Francisco Girls Chorus explains the genesis of the work and their interest in women of the Bible.

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    Recital REVIEW
       Irish Shamrock: Tara Erraught's Spring Bouquet
    April 21, 2013

    After two widely touted triumphs at the Bavarian State Opera, the gifted ball of smiling Irish energy known as mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught performs at Weill Hall in the Green Music Center.

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    Critics' Picks
    Matthias Goerne
    • Critics Pick
    April 17, 2013

    Mattias Goerne, one of the great baritone lieder specialists of this or any age, partners with pianist/conductor Christoph Eschenbach in a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise.

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    Opera REVIEW
     Music at Meyer  Excitement From the Adler Fellows
    April 16, 2013

    Brilliant, rafter-raising performances highlight a recital by seven talented Adler Fellows from the S.F. Opera program.

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    Opera REVIEW
     Stanford Live  Berger and O'Brien's Twin Tales of Hallucination
    April 12, 2013

    Jonathan Berger and Dan O’Brien’s double-bill world premiere of Theotokia and The War Reporter takes advantage of Bing’s architecture and overly resonant acoustic for ... hallucinations.

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    Recital REVIEW
       Elīna Garanča, At Last!
    April 9, 2013

    Garanča’s art song recital in acoustically superior Weill Hall, confirmed her reputation as one of today’s leading mezzo-sopranos, though at times she stayed in her comfort zone.

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    Artist Spotlight
    April 10, 2013

    Vocal coach and accompanist extraordinaire Steven Blier waxes eloquent on how he helps singers make art songs vivid, personal, and sincere.

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    Recital REVIEW
     Schwabacher Debut Recital Series  Philippe Sly Tackles the Big Ones
    April 7, 2013

    Bass-baritone Philippe Sly, despite a range of gifts, may have aimed too high to suit his repertoire to his present capabilities.

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    Opera REVIEW
     West Edge Opera  West Edge Opera's Wonderful <em>Bonjour M. Gauguin</em>
    April 6, 2013

    Colorful exoticism and vivid stage values make West Edge Opera’s new opera about painter Paul Gauguin a marvel for all the senses.

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