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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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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Recital REVIEW
   Fleming and Graham Invite Us In
January 16, 2013

A Great Performers evening, featuring soprano Renée Fleming and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, was a glamorous musical journey through France’s belle époque, and a spectacular vocal night to remember.

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Opera REVIEW
 Festival Opera  Festival Opera's Intriguing <em>About Face</em>
December 7, 2012

After a summer season hiatus in which it ostensibly regrouped, Festival Opera resurfaced this week with an interesting experiment in a new opera, About Face.

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Feature Article
December 4, 2012

While there is no perfect recording of Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung, Decca’s landmark effort, conducted by Georg Solti, has proved durable for all the right reasons.

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Opera REVIEW
   Adler Fellows Celebrate Glories Present and Future
November 30, 2012

The exciting promise of stardom graced S.F. Opera’s 2012 Adler Fellows gala concert, affirming that several current and departing Fellows are indeed primed to become the stars of tomorrow.

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CD REVIEW
  Elina Garanča: <em>Romantique</em> <em>Romantique</em>: Beauty Above All
November 30, 2012

Elina Garanča sings perhaps too perfectly in her new CD, often reducing what should be emotional outpourings to lovely vocalises.

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Recital REVIEW
   DiDonato Conquers Sonoma County
November 20, 2012

As invasions go, it was a win-win. Sweeping into the golden glow of Weil Hall, just two nights after slaying her audience in Carnegie Hall, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato took no prisoners.

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Artist Spotlight
November 19, 2012

The much-in-demand mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato brings her glittering production to the North Bay, after triumphs in Europe.

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Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  <em>Tosca</em> Take Two: Opera at Its Lip-Smacking Best
November 16, 2012

Patricia Racette, Mark Delavan, and Brian Jagde swept the War Memorial Opera House stage clean with a powerhouse performance of Tosca, offering audiences a pack of principals that might be the most engaging around.

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Critics' Picks
Joyce DiDonato
  • Critics Pick
November 17, 2012

Anyone who doesn’t yet know that Kansas-bred former Merolina Joyce DiDonato is a treasurable and highly versatile artist can join her throngs of devotees for “Drama Queens”.

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