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Joe Cadagin

Joe Cadagin is a doctoral student in musicology at Stanford University. His research focuses on post-war and contemporary opera, musical settings of Lewis Carroll, and the works of György Ligeti.

Articles by this Author

Opera Review
February 5, 2019

The vibrant 1977 opera shines on this lovingly rendered CD reissue.

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Opera Review
November 20, 2018

Jake Heggie’s operatic adaptation of a singular holiday classic has its West Coast premiere.

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Opera Review
October 19, 2018

A straightforward production of Richard Strauss’s beautiful score.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 2, 2018

Leonidas Kavakos exploits contrasts in the Violin Concerto and Tilson Thomas finds a fresh approach to The Rite of Spring.

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Opera Review
August 14, 2018

West Edge Opera continues to delve into challenging contemporary works with this West-Coast premiere.

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Festival Review
August 7, 2018

Dan Dediu’s eccentric Grana rises above an otherwise staid program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
July 3, 2018

The eccentric and enormous work was lucid in the orchestra’s hands.

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Chamber Music Review
May 22, 2018

The "Transformations" program pairs Schoenberg's riotous Chamber Symphony No. 1 with intriguing new works by Julie Barwick and David Lipten.

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Chamber Music Review
May 8, 2018

Composer Martin Matalon’s score for a 1919 silent film comedy isn’t meant as underscoring, and that’s part of the problem.

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Modern Classical Review
April 16, 2018

The festival's third day questions how we communicate when sounds and meaning are divorced.

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Modern Classical Review
April 10, 2018

Bard Music West's second festival focused on a composer whose music still seems current.

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Opera Review
March 20, 2018

Great singing and comic staging bring out the best in Bellini's 1831 tale of a sleepwalking innocent.

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Opera Review
November 14, 2017

William Kentridge fuses physics, early modernist art, jazz-age music, and colonial history in a profound multimedia revue.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 7, 2017

In an ambitious program featuring pipa player Wu Man, the orchestra showed power in excess, with less finesse.

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Chamber Music Review
October 25, 2017

Hans Abrahmsen’s hour-long meditation, Snow, anchors an entertaining program from S.F. Contemporary Music Players.

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Chamber Music Review
October 10, 2017

Stravinsky’s century-old piece still resonates with more power and urgency than the contemporary works it inspired.

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Opera Review
August 15, 2017

Libby Larsen’s operatic adaptation of Shelley is less than riveting in a confusing production.

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Festival Review
August 7, 2017

In a concert featuring a wide range of subjects and inspiration, the older works fared best.

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Choral Review
March 7, 2017

The ensemble achieved sublimity in their rendition of a movement from Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles.

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Chamber Music Review
January 11, 2017

The Rule of Three ruled this show, featuring a varied trio of concertos.

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