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

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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CD REVIEW
  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
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    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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    CD REVIEW
      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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    Opera REVIEW
       <em>Green Sneakers</em>: Treading the Heart's Path
    February 19, 2013

    Despite a small turnout, Ricky Gordon's Green Sneakers is a major achievement, unflinching in chronicling the decline and death from AIDS of his partner Jeffrey Grossi, played magnificently by Jesse Blumberg. 

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    Recital REVIEW
     San Francisco Performances  Alek Shrader Goes for Mastery
    February 15, 2013

    Is lyric tenor Alek Shrader a “Young Master”? That was the question of the evening when the Merola and Adler Fellow alum-made-good returned to San Francisco.

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    CD REVIEW
      Jonas Kaufmann: <em>Wagner</em> Kaufmann's Wagner: Promise Amply Fulfilled
    February 15, 2013

    Gorgeous-voiced Jonas Kaufmann earns his fame as a leading Wagnerian tenor with a superb disc, every selection a gem.

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    Recital REVIEW
     Cal Performances  Eric Owens' Extraordinary Depths
    February 10, 2013

    Bass-baritone Eric Owens descends into the depths of emotion in his recital on a bright Sunday afternoon.

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    Choral REVIEW
     Stanford Live  Cappella Romana: Time-Travel to Constantinople
    February 1, 2013

    A performance by Cappella Romana at Bing Hall is capped by an astounding and mesmerizing finale.

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    Chamber Music REVIEW
     Music at Meyer  Delights From Heggie, Wincenc, and Middleman
    January 28, 2013

    A terrific threesome provided an evening of delectable works for flute, voice, and piano.

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    Recital REVIEW
     San Francisco Conservatory of Music  Marnie Breckenridge's Poetic Journey
    January 19, 2013

    Soprano Marnie Breckenridge shines in songs by many composers with Bay Area roots.

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