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

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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    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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