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

Artist Spotlight
November 6, 2012

Soprano Patricia Racette digs deep to describe her vision of the juicy, neurotic, “over-the-top” Tosca.

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Critics' Picks
Tosca SF Opera
  • Critics Pick
November 15 - December 2

The second mainstay opera of SFO’s season to feature equally strong alternating casts, this Tosca, thanks to the company’s shrewd General Director David Gockley, gives us the dueling divas Angela Gheorghiu and Patricia Racette. 

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Cal Performances Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Critics Pick
November 10

Esa-Pekka Salonen, the composer/conductor who until recent years led the Los Angeles Philharmonic, brings to the Pacific shore the same Philharmonia Orchestra whose many recordings with some of the greatest conductors of the latter 20th century have achieved legendary status.

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CD REVIEW
  Yannick Nézet-Séguin: <em>Don Giovanni</em> <em>Don Giovanni</em> Revivified
November 2, 2012

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and a superb cast prove we can never have too many recordings of Don Giovanni.

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Cal Performances Philip Glass Einstein on the Beach
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Oct. 26 - 28

The current revival tour, which began this year in France, heads to Italy, London, Toronto, and Brooklyn before reaching Berkeley. Catch this radical work while you can — you may not get another chance.

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Critics' Picks
SF Opera Moby Dick
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Oct. 10 - Nov. 2

Given the fabulous reviews that composer Jake Heggie’s and librettist Gene Scheer’s latest opera has received in Dallas and San Diego, why wouldn’t you want to see the SFO premiere of this heralded work by our local-boy-made-good?

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CD REVIEW
  Cecilia Bartoli: <em>Mission</em> Cecilia Bartoli's <em>Mission</em> Triumph
October 15, 2012

The great Cecilia Bartoli breathes new life into arias by a nearly unknown 17th-century Italian composer, Agostino Steffani, and triumphs in the process.

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Critics' Picks
Karina Gauvin
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October 13

Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin has made her mark in two contrasting art forms: Baroque repertoire, in which she excels in rapid-fire coloratura, and song, in which her gift for lyric expression comes to the fore.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Padmore + Biss = Emotional Eloquence
October 6, 2012

In their concert British tenor Mark Padmore and American pianist Jonathan Biss fused words and music in a supreme partnership that conveyed emotions with transcendent, eye-opening profundity.

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Artist Spotlight
October 5, 2012

The golden tones of Karina Gauvin will soon be heard in her beloved French song repertoire, this time in Green Music Center’s Weill Hall.

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News Report
October 2, 2012

The recording company acknowledges the decline in popularity of CDs, signaling its future strategy with a classical, download-only recording.

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Critics' Picks
The Capulets and the Montagues
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September 29 - October 19

Based on the Italian story that yielded Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this opera features some exquisite arias, especially Giulietta’s “Oh quante volte” from Act 1. 

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Jonathan Biss
  • Critics Pick
October 4

In the time it has taken Mark Padmore to make his recital debut in San Francisco, he has grown into a lieder singer to be reckoned with.

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Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  In Quest for Perfection: Bellini at S.F. Opera
September 29, 2012

The singing at S.F. Opera makes I Capuleti e i Montecchi

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Artist Spotlight
September 26, 2012

In a Skype chat With SFCV, tenor Mark Padmore reflects on the arc of his career, his chosen repertoire, and the artistic importance of art song.

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CD REVIEW
  Gordon Getty: <em>Plump Jack</em> Getty's <em>Plump Jack</em>, At Last
September 21, 2012

The dissolute knight Falstaff sings out in Gordon Getty’s concert version of Plump Jack.

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CD REVIEW
  The Musical Art Quintet: Nuevo Chamber Nuevo Chamber: Is Joy Revolutionary?
September 14, 2012

You’ll probably enjoy Musical Art Quintet’s first CD if you don’t demand that music communicate on multiple emotional levels.

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Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  S.F. Opera's Opening <em>Rigoletto</em>: Business as Usual
September 7, 2012

The first night of the S.F. Opera's Rigoletto, featured three much-heralded SFO debutants, faring best in secondary roles, and inspired conducting by Luisotti.

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Season Preview
September 5, 2012

San Francisco Opera sports a huge season of stars and new productions for the fall, while other Bay Area presenters, large and small, add to a season of unprecedented variety.

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Opera REVIEW
   Stars Are On Form in Salzburg Festival <em>Julius Caesar</em>
August 21, 2012

Handel’s best-known opera has achieved popularity due to a staggering succession of supremely engaging melodies. The reason for the full-house in Salzburg was the stars.

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