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!

 Los Angeles Philharmonic  An Exciting Alice in Wonderland Opera
March 3, 2015

Netia Jones, David Henry Hwang, and composer Unsuk Chin combined to make L.A. Philharmonic's Alice a theatrical thrill ride.

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 Cal Performances  Love Rules All in Graham Recital
March 3, 2015

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

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 Opera Parallèle  Opera Parallele Does Right By <em>Dead Man Walking</em>
February 23, 2015

The small company comes up trumps with a compelling production of the modern-day masterpiece.

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 West Bay Opera  A Lively <em>Seraglio</em> from West Bay Opera
February 16, 2015

The Palo Alto-based company offers up a mostly pleasing, musically erratic Abduction from the Seraglio

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 Opera San José  <em>Where Angels Fear to Tread</em> Loses Its Way
February 11, 2015

Mark Lanz Weiser's opera, at Opera San Jose, misses the mark

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 Los Angeles Opera  <em>Ghosts of Versailles</em> Back From the Dead
February 10, 2015

Los Angeles Opera breathes new life into John Corigliano’s brilliant, if overlong, opera.

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 American Bach Soloists  American Bach Soloists and the Enduring Charm of <em>Acis and Galatea</em>
January 29, 2015

ABS did a terrific job with the most winning of Handel’s theater works, introducing a fine soprano in the process.

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 Long Beach Opera  Long Beach Opera Delivers a Bloodless <em>Thérèse Raquin.</em>
January 21, 2015

Tobias Picker's opera is revived by the adventurous, if shoestring-budgeted, Los Angeles company.

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 Prototype Festival  Prototype Festival Gives Opera a Makeover
January 16, 2015

With an emphasis on women creators, New York's Prototype Festival challenges stereotypes but also delivers powerful music theater.

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 San Francisco Opera  The Future Is Now for San Francisco Operaʼs Adler Fellows
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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