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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Season Preview
September 17, 2013

Make plans to see these performances to satisfy your desire to hear great vocalists at the peak of their artistry.

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CD REVIEW
  Renée Fleming: <em>Guilty Pleasures</em> Renée Fleming’s Most Guilty Pleasures
September 13, 2013

Sumptuous vocalism displayed in a personal grab bag of soprano-rarities marks Renée Fleming’s latest CD.

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Upcoming Concert
Bay Area Rainbow Symphony 2013
    September 5, 2013

    Music Director Dawn Harms is challenging the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony’s volunteer musicians to master a complex program with star soloists. More about Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (BARS) »

    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 13, 2013

      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
      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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