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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CD REVIEW
  Nicholas Phan: Britten <em>Still Falls the Rain</em> Nicholas Phan Embraces Britten
November 14, 2012

On his second solo album for British label Avie, Still Falls the Rain, American tenor Nicholas Phan again turns to the music of Benjamin Britten.

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Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Kate Royal's Puzzling Lesson in Love
November 10, 2012

There were many beautiful moments in Kate Royal’s recital, some offered unqualified success, others made clear that are still lessons to be learned.

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    November 8, 2012

    A feast of operatic traditions is served up by top-flight musicians from many cultures, in a rare and hopeful collaboration.

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    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 5, 2012

    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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    Critics' Picks
    Cal Performances Philharmonia Orchestra
    • Critics Pick
    November 5, 2012

    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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    Critics' Picks
    Cal Performances Philip Glass Einstein on the Beach
    • Critics Pick
    October 16, 2012

    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
    • Critics Pick
    October 16, 2012

    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
    • Critics Pick
    October 10, 2012

    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
    • Critics Pick
    October 2, 2012

    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 2, 2012

    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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