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Lisa Hirsch

Lisa Hirsch is a technical writer. She studied music at Brandeis and Stony Brook, and blogs about classical music and opera at Iron Tongue of Midnight.

Articles by this Author

Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 3, 2020

The conductor laureate elicits a nuanced performance of this underperformed gem from the SF Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 20, 2020

Wolfe’s piece figures prominently in a mélange of a concert.

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Feature Article
November 26, 2019

One myth, four takes, 240 years of opera history.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 23, 2019

A John Adams premiere and Daniil Trifonov playing Rachmaninoff round out the evening.

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Opera Review
August 20, 2019

A new opera from Poul Ruders reimagines a Grimm fairy tale.

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Modern Classical Review
August 12, 2019

The composer’s work, based on a women’s vocal tradition of Hunan Province, dominates the festival’s Saturday concert.

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Feature Article
February 26, 2019

Berlioz’s mammoth work has undergone something of a revival. Singers Brandon Jovanovich and Christian Van Horn share their experiences from three recent productions.

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Feature Article
February 19, 2019

The history of French opera begins not in Paris but at that infamous royal residence.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 22, 2019

Works by living composers reveal the composer’s ongoing influence.

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Opera Review
December 4, 2018

Great singing and savvy production values infuse robust life into Giovanni Porta’s forgotten Baroque opera.

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Chamber Music Review
November 19, 2018

The quartet searches for the intersection of Beethoven and four new commissions in “Healing Modes.”

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Feature Article
October 16, 2018

The venerable institution is vital and current, as a week of performances demonstrates.

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Opera Review
June 19, 2018

The well-cast revival of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen holds up.

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Opera Review
April 23, 2018

The Baroque masterpiece comes to life at Zellerbach, with an unfamiliar ending.

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Recital Review
April 2, 2018

The tenor is a perfect match for Tyshawn Sorey's song cycle about the experiences and aspirations of black men in America.

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Chamber Music Review
February 20, 2018

Like father, like son: John and Samuel Carl Adams appear in a concert by the string quartet that has embraced their music.

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Dance Review
February 13, 2018

Choreographer KT Nelson and composer Joby Talbot collaborate in a transcendent work inspired by the Compostela pilgrimage route.

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Chamber Music Review
January 30, 2018

Piano duo ZOFO presents a dazzling suite of commissioned musical responses to 15 contemporary paintings.

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Recital Review
December 5, 2017

In a marathon performance feat, the consummate musician performed 21 commissioned works over the course of six hours.

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Opera Review
November 23, 2017

Stellar performances and flashes of musical brilliance aren’t enough to lift an opera that tells too much and shows too little.

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