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Steven Winn

Steven Winn is a San Francisco based free-lance writer and critic and frequent City Arts & Lectures interviewer. His work has appeared in Art News, California, Humanities, Manhattan, Symphony Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Articles by this Author

Opera Review
September 12, 2016

S.F. Opera’s new commission transcends its limitations with sumptuous staging and beguiling performances.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
August 16, 2016

The North American premiere of a 1734 Handel serenata is an interesting glimpse of the composer fulfilling his duties as unofficial court composer. Eyes and ears were on some of the strongly cast soloists.

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Opera Review
August 1, 2016

Thomas Adès’ early masterpiece has lost none of its shock value, but there is serious musical and dramatic entertainment, exploited to the full by West Edge Opera.

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Opera Review
July 26, 2016

Anne Sexton’s dark, wordy libretto is buoyed by strong performances and Conrad Susa’s score.

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Opera Review
May 31, 2016

Calixto Bieito’s setting of Bizet’s classic explores the corrosive effects of doomed love.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 27, 2016

The semistaged production cleverly transcends limits and delivers an exuberant reading of Bernstein’s score.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 25, 2016

The popular mezzo-soprano justifies her adulation in a standout performance of an eerie Berlioz cantata.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 9, 2016

Music Director Alan Gilbert’s muscular approach made a tame program exciting and fresh.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 3, 2016

The heralded composer’s much-anticipated premiere was just one gem in a dazzling evening of sonic and temporal connections explored by Pablo Heras-Casado and the S.F Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 2, 2016

Singing the praises of Mendelssohn’s underrated “Hymn of Praise” symphony in a powerhouse performance by Philharmonia Baroque and an augmented Philharmonia Chorale.

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Opera Review
April 18, 2016

New Opera NYC’s Julia Lima and Viktor Antipenko are thrilling in Tchaikovsky one-act opera.

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Recital Review
March 25, 2016

The Mexican-American baritone delivered a fascinating and linguistically diverse program without getting tongue-tied.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 9, 2016

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields fielded a great soloist on Sunday, but missed a conductor’s attention.

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Opera Review
February 22, 2016

The “opera in jazz” follows the life of aging, dementia-scarred prize fighter Emile Griffith.

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Opera Review
February 12, 2016

Less musically brilliant than the Rossini favorite, Giovanni Paisiello's Barber of Seville still provided plenty of sparkle and musical comedy.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 8, 2016

The orchestra welcomed fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout as soloist in an all-Mozart program.

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Opera Review
December 14, 2015

A harrowing performance of the final duet of Eugene Onegin made this gala far more than a parade of star turns.

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Opera Review
December 8, 2015

The Conservatory’s “by the Brook” Carmen was a vital emotional experience.

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Opera Review
November 21, 2015

Pageantry there is, but the S.F. Opera’s production of Wagner’s Meistersinger von Nürnberg reveals the small, human moments that make this comedy timeless.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 16, 2015

The Greek violinist joined the S.F. Symphony for an all-Sibelius segment of the program, which also included Schumann’s Symphony No. 3.

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