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
July 18, 2017

Donald Pippin’s rhymed libretto in English brings the opera’s charming lyrics to the fore.

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Opera Review
July 9, 2017

Confident performances abounded in the Merola Program’s Schwabacher Summer Concert.

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Opera Review
June 13, 2017

A festive cavalcade of opera talent pitches in to fete the venerable training program.

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Opera Review
June 13, 2017

S.F. Opera unveils a revival with spotty singing, less effective acting.

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Opera Review
June 6, 2017

The success of this summer “reboot” hinges on the music, not the production.

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Opera Review
June 2, 2017

The baritone created something special out of a shopworn production.

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Opera Review
May 29, 2017

Strauss’s complex, modern opera is lifted by strong performances on stage and in the pit.

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Opera Review
May 29, 2017

Philip Glass’s beautiful dance-opera adaptation of a thorny Jean Cocteau theme gets the first-rate production and performance it deserves.

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Opera Review
May 2, 2017

Decades of imagining and four years of “construction” culminate in a splendid production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera-ballet.

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Opera Review
April 11, 2017

Clever, casual staging showcases the best of the mezzo and bass in their Schwabacher Debut recital.

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