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
December 11, 2017

Aspiring singers do justice to Benjamin Britten’s devastating opera.

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Opera Review
December 11, 2017

Nine singers gave thrilling evidence that they’re ready for the big time.

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Opera Review
December 5, 2017

Strong performances lift an often-charming opera from sinking in its own syrup.

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Opera Review
November 23, 2017

Stellar performances and flashes of musical brilliance aren’t enough to lift an opera that tells too much and shows too little.

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Opera Review
November 21, 2017

Thomas Adès’s operatic adaptation of Buñuel’s nightmarish masterpiece works brilliantly. Catch the encore in a theater near you.

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Opera Review
November 14, 2017

William Kentridge fuses physics, early modernist art, jazz-age music, and colonial history in a profound multimedia revue.

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Opera Review
November 13, 2017

L.A. Opera and Beth Morrison Projects explore the intricacies of Ingmar Bergman’s film in an opera by Keeril Makan and Jay Scheib.

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Opera Review
November 7, 2017

Great performances mark Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s ambitious program of two new Kurt Rhode operas.

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Opera Review
November 6, 2017

Brilliant design and direction support a superb cast and an outstanding performance by tenor Michael Fabiano.

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Opera Review
October 17, 2017

The legendary singer is only one reason to see these powerful Verdi and Bizet productions.

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