Music Blogs

Here's our guide to the wonderful, sometimes wacky world of classical music blogs. You'll find commentary on local, national and international happenings. Jump in and join in! If we’ve missed one of your favorites, send us an email at editor@sfcv.org.

Opera in General

Sieglinde's Diaries

Leo Dominguez gives his perspective of the Met from his balcony box (often with pictures).  Occasionally politics and baseball worm their way in...

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National Music Biz & Cultural Issues

Slipped Disc (Norman Lebrecht)

Normal Lebrecht, arts and culture editor at the London Evening Standard, offers his commentary on the classical music business.

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Critics Beyond the Bay

Soho the Dog (Matthew Guerrieri)

Correspondent Matthew Guerrieri posts links to his work for the Boston Globe.  Sprinkled in amongst the reviews is insight into what makes the composer/writer/musician tick.

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New Music/Composers

Sounds Like New (Marcus Maroney)

Composer Marcus Marony writes about new music with a particular emphasis on his hometown of Houston, TX.  The posts generally focus on performance, arts culture, music criticism, etc... in the bayou city.

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Bay Area Voices

Stephen Smoliar

Stephen Smoliar reports on the San Francisco Bay Area classical music scene for Examiner.com. This blog collects all of his local stories. His reporting is also included in the national edition of Examiner here: National Classical Music Examiner.

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National Music Biz & Cultural Issues

Sticks and Drones

Bill Eddins conducts of the Edmonton Symphony.  Ron Spigelman conducts the Springfield Symphony.  The two trade of blogging about their experiences in the world of orchestral music.  The topics tend to be specifically geared toward professionals in the arts, but can offer insight to the casual observer about what regional orchestras go through.

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National Music Biz & Cultural Issues

The Artful Manager (Andrew Taylor)

As the director of the Boltz Center for Arts Administration, Andrew Taylor speaks directly to the business side of arts and culture.  The posts cover a mixture of mediums, but he regularly touches on the world of classical music.

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Opera in General

the concert (Anne-Carolyn Bird)

Soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird shares her personal journal about the life of the professional singer. 

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Critics Beyond the Bay

The Detritus Review (Sator Arepo)

Sator Arepo has some strong opinions about music and about the way others write about it, especially in his home town of Austin Texas.  He uses the Detritus Review to shine a light on some of the more egregious examples.

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Bay Area Voices

The Opera Tattler (Charlise Tiee)

Charlise Tiee writes about her experiences attending opera performances in San Francisco and beyond.  Her writing is not limited to the performance, as the experience can be half the fun.  She also posts season schedules of opera companies around the country.

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