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.

Articles by this Author

  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
    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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    Chamber Music REVIEW
     Old First Concerts  Jewish Music & Poetry Project Premieres
    April 5, 2013

    The six-year-old Jewish Music & Poetry Project performed an evening of music to Jewish women’s poetry or by Jewish composers in Old First Church.

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      Wagner: <em>Die Walküre</em>,  Mariinsky Orchestra Gergiev’s Starry <em>Die Walküre</em>
    April 5, 2013

    Valery Gergiev and an impressive international cast deliver an amply rewarding Walküre.

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    Upcoming Concert
      April 1, 2013

      KQED-TV will air a riveting documentary about a violin prodigy who founded an orchestra in Palestine and saved hundreds of Jews’ lives.

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        Schubert: <em>Erlkönig</em>, Goerne More Great Schubert From Goerne
      March 29, 2013

      That baritone Matthias Goerne is one of the great lieder interpreters of our era is beyond question. His latest recording of Schubert lieder is an object lesson in great song interpretation.

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      Critics' Picks
      Elīna Garanča
      • Critics Pick
      March 27, 2013

      I wouldn’t miss this concert for the world.

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      Recital REVIEW
       San Francisco Performances  With Isabel Leonard, Sound Is Supreme
      March 17, 2013

      Hampered by a diminished piano, soprano Isabel Leonard displays a beautiful voice but a somewhat limited emotional palette.

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      Feature Article
      March 12, 2013

      It may be a coincidence that Weill Hall, Bing Hall, and Miner Auditorium at SFJAZZ all opened within a few months of each other. But their combined impact is going to be huge in the Bay Area. Experts weigh in on the live experience of these venues: What’s your opinion?

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      Recital REVIEW
       Cal Performances  Susanna Phillips' Great Promise
      February 24, 2013

      Even though a bit hampered, soprano Susanna Phillips charms with her distinctive recital of songs by Berg, Chausson, Messiaen, Granados, and Schubert.

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      Feature Article
      February 23, 2013

      Mezzo-soprano Zheng Cao, 46, whose nationally publicized fight against cancer was as inspiring as her vibrant singing, has died.

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