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

December 13, 2014

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

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 San Francisco Opera  A Siren to Fire <em>Partenope</em> at S.F Opera
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.

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Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  Thomas Hampson: A Master to Inspire Singers
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.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  Music Honoring Kristin Pankonin
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.

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Festival REVIEW
 Carmel Bach Festival  Passionate <em>St. Matthew Passion</em> Highlights Carmel Bach Festival
July 20, 2014

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

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
   Crowden Celebrates 30, Future Is Bright
May 24, 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.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Berkeley Symphony   Chambered Pleasures With the Berkeley Symphony
April 13, 2014

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

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  Conrad Susa: A Composer Transforms Even Time
April 5, 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.

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 Lamplighters Music Theatre  Singing Praises: Fresh, Lively, <em>Die Fledermaus</em>
January 26, 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.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
   Transcendent Organ Transplants to Hertz Hall
December 15, 2013

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

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  Metropolitan Opera A Score to Shadow a Fantasy
November 20, 2013

Richard Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Metropolitan Opera combines a rich score, matchless orchestra, cast, and direction for a fantastic operatic odyssey.

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 Cal Performances  Magical, Magnetic <em>Angel Heart</em>
October 6, 2013

A stellar group of collaborators brought an outstanding new musical to Cal Performances.

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 Lamplighters Music Theatre  All Eyes on Lamplighters' <em>Iolanthe</em>
August 2, 2013

San Francisco’s prize-winning Lamplighters put on an impressive and charming Iolanthe, with classic G&S look and style.

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