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

Artist Spotlight
May 28, 2012

A beloved interpreter of Papageno in Mozart’s Magic Flute talks about the challenges of singing the role in English, adapting to new productions, and even shedding his shirt.

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Critics' Picks
Aida West Bay Opera 2012
  • Critics Pick
May 25, 2012

Don't miss the opportunity to experience the intimacy and immediacy of that drama in this first-ever fully staged production by West Bay Opera at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

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CD REVIEW
   Chanticleer's Sweet Love Story
May 25, 2012

Famed male vocal ensemble Chanticleer remains in top form under an interim music director, if not recorded in its full splendor on this new CD.

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News Report
May 21, 2012

Dolby Labs’ new TrueHD technology enables higher sound quality for action flicks, pop music, and — more aptly here — the S.F. Symphony’s esteemed media projects.

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Feature Article
May 15, 2012
So you’ve been convinced to make the big switch, and now you want to become a downloading Jedi and Master of the Vinyl. Here are some quick audiophile tips to start you off. More "Examining Your Playback Options" »
Feature Article
May 15, 2012

Goodbye CDs, hello high-resolution downloads and — surprise! — vinyl LPs. Here’s the why and the how of it.

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Upcoming Concert
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    May 14, 2012

    An unknown piano work by the iconoclastic Lou Harrison will rise from the dead, along with an East–West fusion work for large chorus, La Koro Sutro.

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    CD REVIEW
      Gershwin: Orion Weiss Gershwin With Gusto
    May 11, 2012

    Youthful pianist Orion Weiss plays the racing stripes off Gershwin classic vehicles, with the Buffalo Philharmonic along for the ride.

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    CD REVIEW
      Rolando Villazón: Massenet <em>Werther</em> Villazón’s Post-Crisis Werther
    May 4, 2012

    Judging from this new live recording of Werther, captured in May 2011 at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and conducted by Antonio Pappano, Rolando Villazón remains on top of his game.

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    Recital REVIEW
     Cal Performances  The Loveliness of Sandrine Piau
    April 29, 2012

    French soprano Sandrine Piau brings the sun indoors, in her splendid Berkeley recital, and carries hearts away.

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    Recital REVIEW
     San Francisco Performances  Goerne and Andsnes’ Supreme Partnership
    April 23, 2012

    The spell-binding baritone Matthias Goerne and his superb accompanist, Leif Ove Andsnes, take listeners on a transcendent artistic journey.

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    Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
     Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Alexander's Scrumptious Feast
    April 21, 2012

    Handel’s Alexander’s Feast yields a compact masterpiece — fresh, original, beautiful — starring the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale.

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    CD REVIEW
      Houston Grand Opera: <em>Dead Man Walking</em> New <em>Dead Man Walking</em> Sings With Eloquence
    April 20, 2012

    A rapt listen to Dead Man Walking recorded from Houston Grand Opera’s 10th anniversary performances confirms that the opera’s brilliantly balanced score amplifies and personalizes the story’s emotional core beyond the realm of words.

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    Critics' Picks
    Sandrine Piau 2012
    • Critics Pick
    April 17, 2012

    Those who have been waiting to hear this marvelous soprano live will finally get their wish.

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    Opera REVIEW
       <em>Love/ Hate</em>: Operatic Tough Love
    April 12, 2012

    In its world premiere, a new chamber opera by Jack Perla and Rob Bailis gives seven extremely gifted Adler Fellows ample opportunity to make much ado about not very much at all.

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    Critics' Picks
    Matthias Goerne Thumb 2012
    • Critics Pick
    April 12, 2012

    Piercingly beautiful songs by Mahler and Shostakovich could make for one of the more profound recitals of this or any season.

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    Artist Spotlight
    April 10, 2012

    The German baritone Matthias Goerne tells why he is drawn to songs with contemporary relevance, allowing him to plumb his emotional depths.

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    CD REVIEW
      L’Arpeggiata <em>Los Pájaros Perdidos</em> L’Arpeggiata’s Spring Surprise
    April 4, 2012

    Here’s the bottom line: You’ve got to hear L’Arpeggiata’s Los Pájaros Perdidos, an immediate contender for “Best of 2012.”

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    CD REVIEW
      Renée Fleming:  <em>Poèmes </em>  Fleming's Compelling Tour de France
    March 27, 2012

    Always exploring new ground, a beloved, smoky-voiced soprano turns back time by singing Ravel, Messiaen, and Dutilleux.

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    CD REVIEW
      Marius Kwiecień: <em>Slavic Heroes</em> Marius Kwiecień’s Unrelenting Parade of Heroes
    March 7, 2012

    An esteemed baritone’s long-awaited debut recital raises questions about the gift of communication.

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