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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

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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Feature Article
October 3, 2017

For many, S.F. Opera’s splendid production demanded repeat viewing, reports SFCV’s own repeat attender.

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Artist Spotlight
September 5, 2017

The charming soprano sings the challenging title role in S.F. Opera’s Elektra

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Festival Review
August 7, 2017

No disruption here: Music Director Cristian Mačelaru first concerts at Cabrillo have a familiar vibe.

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Opera Review
May 29, 2017

Philip Glass’s beautiful dance-opera adaptation of a thorny Jean Cocteau theme gets the first-rate production and performance it deserves.

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