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

Lisa Hirsch - October 28, 2012

While it’s hard to explain the artistic alchemy that makes Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’s opera a success, it is surprisingly entertaining in the theater.

Lisa Hirsch - August 13, 2012

The Cabrillo Festival celebrates 50 with an engaging program: a road-racer, a mult-cult piece by Golijov, a Harrison symphony, and a commissioned work by a mere youngster.

Lisa Hirsch - June 11, 2012

Strongly cast, beautifully played and produced, the opening performance affirmed Nixon in China's standing as a musical and theatrical masterpiece and one of the great operas of the 20th century.

Lisa Hirsch - May 7, 2012

The Easter story comes alive through American Bach Soloists’ stylish, spirited performances of contatas and oratorios.

Lisa Hirsch - January 14, 2012

A semistaged production of Debussy's Martyr offered transporting performances, retaining spectacular elements of the original work, while emphasizing its beautiful music and religious mystery.

Lisa Hirsch - December 10, 2011

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s visit, marking the return of the great orchestra after a 15-year absence, offered the Bay Area its first look at Ludovic Morlot. And what a look it was.

Lisa Hirsch - October 21, 2011

James Conlon led a thrilling performance of the Verdi Reqiuem, one of sweeping power, by turns terrifying, tender, and moving; succeeding brilliantly in bringing the performers together and making a musical and dramatic whole out of a work that is all too easy to fumble.

Lisa Hirsch - October 10, 2011

A wind quintet formed by members of the Berlin Philharmonic plays works by great Czech composers with panache and flair.

Lisa Hirsch - October 4, 2011

It’s “Thomas Adès Time” in the Bay Area, as the composer/pianist and the Calder Quartet perform a few of his works, ranging from lyrical and playful to formidably complex.

Lisa Hirsch - September 18, 2011

A recital of wind quintet pieces that ought to have enticed seems hampered by inconsistent execution and odd programming choices.