Robert P. Commanday

Robert P. Commanday, founding editor of San Francisco Classical Voice, was the music critic of The San Francisco Chronicle from 1965 to 1993, and before that a conductor and lecturer at UC Berkeley.

Articles By This Author

Robert P. Commanday - December 13, 2014

Laszlo Vargaʼs extraordinary career is remembered on the occasion of his death, at nearly 90 years old.

Robert P. Commanday - October 16, 2014

The San Francisco Opera's take on Handel’s comic opera Partenope shines the light on vocals and showcases a eye-catching production.

Robert P. Commanday - October 7, 2014

In an inspiring master class given by Thomas Hampson to singers from the S.F. Conservatory he takes an untraditional tack, and is encouraging and supportive in his admiration.

Robert P. Commanday - October 6, 2014

A fitting tribute for Kristin Pankonin honors her musically at the S.F. Conservatory of Music, a rememberance of the insightful coach, keyboard partner, knowing counselor, and friend.

Robert P. Commanday - July 22, 2014

In a festival devoted largely to Bach’s Italian influence, the first weekend was claimed by Bach’s decidedly German Lutheran masterpiece.

Robert P. Commanday - May 27, 2014

The future of the very young musicians from the Crowden School trumpeted bright at the school’s 30th Anniversary Concert in UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall on Saturday night.

Robert P. Commanday - April 14, 2014

The stars were aligned in Piedmont for the fifth and concluding program of the Berkeley Symphony’s season chamber series.

Robert P. Commanday - April 6, 2014

A composer’s passing is considered with thoughts of the voice and spirit living on, an idea that was pervasive at the memorial concert for the late Conrad Susa, presented by the S.F. Conservatory of Music.

Robert P. Commanday - January 27, 2014

The Lamplighters Die Fledermaus is fresh and lively, crisply paced by the Conductor George Cleve and Director Barbara Heroux, showcasing the singing, and this cast was on top of its game.

Robert P. Commanday - December 17, 2013

A repurposed organ debuts at UC Berkeley, with Davitt Moroney at the console, backed by the University Symphony Orchestra.