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
October 17, 2017

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

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Opera Review
October 17, 2017

Superb singing and playing transcend lackluster acting and staging in this challenging opera.

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Opera Review
September 25, 2017

Glittery sets and costumes aren’t enough to save this tired production.

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Opera Review
September 12, 2017

The innovative company’s anachronistic La Circe is a zany take on a wild opera.

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Opera Review
September 11, 2017

The much-loved, much-seen show, with its opulent designs, opens the season with a lukewarm cast.

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Opera Review
September 11, 2017

It would be a crime to miss this great cast in San Francisco Opera’s brilliant production.

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Opera Review
August 22, 2017

Simple staging and sublime performances make the three-hour “variety show” zip by with style.

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Opera Review
August 15, 2017

Libby Larsen’s operatic adaptation of Shelley is less than riveting in a confusing production.

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Opera Review
August 8, 2017

Martín y Soler’s jaunty farce makes an un-edgy interlude in West Edge Opera’s festival season.

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Opera Review
August 7, 2017

Stellar performances outshine ungainly production choices and the limitations of the opera itself.

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