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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    June 6, 2012

    A slain leader in the gay rights movement, San Francisco’s own Harvey Milk, is the subject of a new cantata that employs some of his unknown speeches.

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    Critics' Picks
    The Magic Flute 2012
    • Critics Pick
    June 4, 2012

    In a new production by visual artist Jun Kaneko and sung in English, The Magic Flute is perfect for the whole family.

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    Nixon in China 2012
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    June 4, 2012

    John Adams’ first opera, Nixon in China, is a thoroughly modern, musically and visually irresistible masterpiece.

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    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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    Aida West Bay Opera 2012
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    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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      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
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      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
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      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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