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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
February 23, 2015

The small company comes up trumps with a compelling production of the modern-day masterpiece.

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Opera Review
February 16, 2015

The Palo Alto-based company offers up a mostly pleasing, musically erratic Abduction from the Seraglio

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Recital Review
February 3, 2015

Powerful American tenor Matthew Polenzani knocked a delightfully eccentric program out of the (First Congregational) Church in Berkeley Saturday night.

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Recital Review
January 23, 2015

Anne Sofie von Otter is a great performer you root for. But her recital with pianist Angela Hewitt was not all gold, despite that.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 21, 2015

A night of stars that felt more like a great, improvised house concert, full of wit and humor.

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Feature Article
January 7, 2015

The last S.F. Opera season planned by David Gockley is heavy on thrills, with an unusual double bill and a Sondheim classic.

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Opera Review
December 7, 2014

The young singers who have been through the Operaʼs training program are already shining in mainstage productions. With the spotlight focused on them, they showed great poise and maturity.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 7, 2014

S.F. Symphony kicks off its American tour with Ravel’s full “choreographic symphony in three parts” drawn from his 1912 ballet score Daphnis et Chloé, featuring Gil Shaham as soloist.

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Opera Review
October 24, 2014

Music Director Nicola Luisotti is missed when the S.F. Opera revives its sturdy, time-worn production of Tosca.

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Musical Theater Review
October 12, 2014

A new TheatreWorks revival of Sweeney Todd comes together in channeling the mad drive of the Sondheim classic.

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Recital Review
October 1, 2014

German baritone Christian Gerhaher is a storyteller rich with focus and impact, with a voice that knows no boundaries; propulsive and probing, bracing and exciting.

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Opera Review
September 27, 2014

The Livermore Valley Opera's Rigoletto demonstrates once again what a powerful marvel of music drama this Verdi masterwork is, with stellar orchestration and vocals.

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Opera Review
September 6, 2014

In a beautifully mounted production that sets off another great performance by the beloved soprano Racette, Susannah at the S.F. Opera offers an ardent, anguished, and moving experience.

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Opera Review
September 5, 2014

The S.F. Opera opened its 92nd season with Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece, Norma, featuring powerhouse soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in an full of pomp and circumstance and vocal delights.

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Feature Article
June 3, 2014

Music competitions are the way many elite musicians have to prove themselves. But what are they proving, and is it worth it?

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Opera Review
June 1, 2014

In its crossing from Broadway to opera house, the S.F. Opera Show Boat, in many ways a natural cross-over vehicle, shows some strain.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 16, 2014

Great exaltations ring out through Oakland's Paramount Theatre when the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Oakland Youth Orchestra ssemble for a performance of Berlioz’ stupendous Requiem.

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Opera Review
May 4, 2014

The pulse of the West Edge Opera's Aroldo may have been a bit uneven, but there was no doubt that the opera is Verdi’s living, breathing, creation worthy of a live encounter.

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Opera Review
April 28, 2014

A double-bill from Festival Opera of The Emperor of Atlantis and Another Sunrise features striking music and world-class acting and singing.

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Opera Review
March 30, 2014

The West Edge Opera's Caterina Cornaro proves to be an unjustly neglected lyric tragedy from the Donizetti’s late period, a rare presentation of the opera that merits a more sustained rediscovery.

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