Classical Music Reviews

Every week, our professional critics attend concerts throughout the Bay Area to let you know what went well...and occasionally what didn't. Let their insights enrich your musical experiences, and feel free to share your own views!


Opera REVIEW
 Opera Parallèle  Thrills and Chills at <em>The Lighthouse</em>
May 2, 2016
Opera Parallèle delivers an imaginative production of Peter Maxwell Davies’ mysterious opera for three voices. More about Opera Parallèle »
Opera REVIEW
 New Opera NYC  <em>Iolanta</em> Soars Above an Earthbound <em>Boris</em>
April 18, 2016
New Opera NYC’s Julia Lima and Viktor Antipenko are thrilling in Tchaikovsky one-act opera. More about New Opera NYC »
Opera REVIEW
 Black Box Baroque  <em>Alcina</em> Enchants at Black Box Baroque
April 11, 2016
A young, period performance company wraps up Handel’s Orlando furioso trilogy. More about Black Box Baroque »
Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  Nonsense and Nuptials at S.F. Opera Lab’s <em>Svadba-Wedding</em>
April 6, 2016
Games, songs, comedy, and sensuality combine in this show based on Serbian wedding songs and traditions. More about San Francisco Opera »
Opera REVIEW
 Long Beach Opera  <em>Fallujah</em> the Opera Viscerally Exposes the Casualties of War
March 15, 2016

A bold, new opera tells of PTSD and the American and Iraqi casualties of a war we’d like to forget, but can’t.

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Opera REVIEW
 West Bay Opera  Well-Cast <em>Onegin</em> Succeeds at West Bay Opera
February 23, 2016
With several standout performances by the leads, West Bay Opera’s gamble on Russian opera pays handsome dividends. More about West Bay Opera »
Opera REVIEW
 Opera Parallèle  <em>Champion</em> Delivers Emotional TKO
February 22, 2016
The “opera in jazz” follows the life of aging, dementia-scarred prize fighter Emile Griffith. More about Opera Parallèle »
Opera REVIEW
 Opera San José  A <em>Carmen</em> That Plays by the Book at Opera San Jose
February 16, 2016
Opera San Jose’s Carmen, which opened on Feb. 13, works well for the opera neophyte. More about Opera San José »
Opera REVIEW
 West Edge Opera  The Other <em>Barber</em> Proves Its Mettle at West Edge Opera
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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Opera REVIEW
 Island City Opera  The Singers Lead an Engaging <em>Rigoletto</em> for Island City Opera
January 26, 2016
The young company makes the most of its strong cast in a compact, economical staging. More about Island City Opera »