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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

Chamber Music Review
June 8, 2015

The soprano’s performance of Arianna a Naxos lights up the room after an opening plagued with intonation and communication issues.

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Opera Review
April 20, 2015

The period-instrument ensemble joins forces with fellows from the San Francisco Opera Center’s Adler Fellowship program to perform the Rossini opera.

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Recital Review
April 13, 2015

The English tenor lent his voice to dark material at a performance of “The Music and Poetry of the Great War.”

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Opera Review
April 7, 2015

Donizetti's buoyant comedy was transposed to 1950s America in Jose Maria Condemi's staging for Conservatory Opera Theatre.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
March 16, 2015

It takes an orchestra as good as Philharmonia Baroque and a soloist like Rachel Podger to showcase Vivaldi’s protean imagination.

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Recital Review
March 8, 2015

The mezzo soprano's recital in San Francisco with pianist Julius Drake offered rich payoffs in the middle of the program, oddities at the beginning and end.

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Feature Article
March 3, 2015

A season-long survey of Robert Schumann's symphonies, with recordings, is the next big project, as the Symphony announced its coming season.

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Opera Review
March 3, 2015

Mezzo Susan Graham was inspiring in an afternoon of art songs about romantic love.

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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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