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
 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 »
Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  Adler Fellows Gala Showcases Stage-Ready Singers
December 14, 2015
A harrowing performance of the final duet of Eugene Onegin made this gala far more than a parade of star turns. More about San Francisco Opera »
Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  The Creepy, Family History of the Ushers, Onstage at S.F. Opera
December 11, 2015

Gordon Getty and Claude Debussy’s one-acters on Edgar Allen Poe’s classic have different strengths and weaknesses.

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Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  Peter Brook’s Reshaped <em>Carmen</em> Has Soul at S.F. Conservatory
December 8, 2015
The Conservatory’s “by the Brook” Carmen was a vital emotional experience. More about San Francisco Conservatory of Music »
Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  A Winning <em>Barber</em> And a Whimsical Seville at San Francisco Opera
November 29, 2015

Led by a funny, natural Figaro, the S.F. Opera revival of Barber of Seville is frothy entertainment.

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Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  S.F. Opera’s Massive <em>Meistersinger</em> Scores in Intimate Moments
November 21, 2015

Pageantry there is, but the S.F. Opera’s production of Wagner’s Meistersinger von Nürnberg reveals the small, human moments that make this comedy timeless.

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Opera REVIEW
 Opera San José  Opera San José's <em>Figaro</em> Proves an Imperfect Marriage
November 16, 2015
The company’s latest production of Mozart’s classic opera misses the mark dramatically and emotionally. More about Opera San José »
Opera REVIEW
 Festival Opera  <em>River of Light</em> Shines at Festival Opera
November 16, 2015
Festival Opera explored Indian cultural narratives with two noteworthy chamber operas at the Oakland Cultural Center. More about Festival Opera »
Opera REVIEW
 The Industry  Rethinking Opera With <em>Hopscotch</em>
November 9, 2015
The Industry once again creates an entirely novel, unrepeatable, music-theater experience. More about The Industry »
Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  Sight and Sound at Odds in Colorful Take on <em>The Magic Flute</em>
October 21, 2015
S.F. Opera’s brings Japanese artist Jun Kaneko’s reimagining of the Mozart classic back for a 10-performance run. More about San Francisco Opera »