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!

 West Edge Opera  West Edge’s Edgy <em>Lulu</em> Entertains and Challenges
July 28, 2015
West Edge Opera’s full-out production embraced the hedonistic sexuality and the depravity of Alban Berg’s masterpiece. More about West Edge Opera »
 West Edge Opera  One Life Divided in West Edge Opera’s <em>As One</em>
July 28, 2015
The chamber opera follows the transition of a transgender person to womanhood, sung simultaneously by baritone Dan Kempson and mezzo-soprano Brenda Patterson. More about West Edge Opera »
 Merola Opera Program  Menotti’s <em>The Medium</em> Shows Power in Silence
July 27, 2015
The Merola Opera Program pairs a quiet take on Gian Carlo Menotti’s haunting short opera with a loud performance of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. More about Merola Opera Program »
 Festival Opera  The Show Must Go On for Festival Opera’s <em>Ariadne</em>
July 13, 2015
Festival Opera makes a comeback with its contemporary production of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. More about Festival Opera »
 San Francisco Symphony  Stemme Shines in Lukewarm SFS <em>Fidelio</em>
June 26, 2015

A transfixing performance by the dramatic soprano and great work from the chorus were the selling points for the Symphony's cap to the Beethoven Festival.

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 San Francisco Opera  <em>Figaro</em> Charms in Well-Cast S.F. Opera Revival
June 16, 2015
Mozart's brilliant opera provided needed comic relief at the War Memorial Opera House. More about San Francisco Opera »
 San Francisco Opera  <em>La Ciociara</em>: Old Before Its Time
June 15, 2015
The premiere of Marco Tutino's new opera delivered neo-Puccini without the punch or musical power. More about San Francisco Opera »
 Los Angeles Opera  Operapocalypse Now!
June 12, 2015
Dog Days takes Los Angeles Opera into the heart of post-apocalyptic darkness. More about Los Angeles Opera »
 San Francisco Opera  S.F. Opera Conquers The Trojans
June 9, 2015

Berlioz’s grandest of grand operas makes it to the War Memorial Opera House in a production that scores points on every level.

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 West Bay Opera  Not a Dull Moment in West Bay Opera’s Dystopian <em>Faust</em>
May 25, 2015
The ambitious production overcomes what appeared to be opening night jitters with its fantastic cast. More about West Bay Opera »