Music Articles

Every week, our writers take an in‐depth look at an artist, program or topic of interest to us. Spend some time with this week's classical music feature, or scroll through the extensive SFCV archive for insights in many music topics.


Feature Article
Ildar Abdrazakov as Mefistofele
December 26, 2014

What better way to get your New Year off to a great start than with three videos that have a strong relationship with San Francisco Opera.

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Feature Article
Masterpieces in Miniature
December 17, 2014

Great music and gift ideas for classical music lovers (and how to get hold of them quickly).

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Feature Article
San Francisco Opera Costumes
December 2, 2014

In San Francisco Opera’s understudy room, a sense of camaraderie and good humor prevails, as singers watch a production they’ve prepared to perform, but which will go on without them.

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News Report
Metropolitan Opera
November 23, 2014

News comes that the Met's deficit is it's most serious in decades, while the S.F. Opera's is way down.

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Feature Article
Yuja Wang
November 20, 2014

Yuja Wang’s flying fingers and flamboyance may define her public image, but there’s a powerful musical personality and a surprisingly grounded person within that package, as she reveals here.

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News Report
November 13, 2014

Is classical music criticism a mortally endangered art form? Top critics at the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism say itʼs actually in a golden age, in some respects. Read the report to find out why.

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Feature Article
Jeremy Denk
November 4, 2014

Pianist, writer, musical thinker: Jeremy Denk can do it all, and he's great to chat with, too.

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Feature Article
Koelsch
October 28, 2014

From vampires to a neglected John Corigliano work, this season at L.A. Opera bears the stamp of the companyʼs advenurous CEO.

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Editorial
Klinghoffer
October 25, 2014

A letter to the editor on the topic John Adams' Klinghoffer at the Metropolitan Opera.

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News Report
streaming music
October 23, 2014

CD-quality, on demand streaming is about to expand with the entry of two new companies into the U.S. market. Both are jockeying for position as major players

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