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
 Merola Opera Program  Merola Swings for the Fences in Home Run Derby of a Finale
August 24, 2015
The 2015 edition of the Merola Opera Program’s Grand Finale provided all the drama and entertainment of a reality TV competition. More about Merola Opera Program »
Opera REVIEW
 American Bach Soloists  Marais’ <em>Sémélé</em>: A Spectacular Opera of Grand Proportions
August 18, 2015
Marais’ opera get its long overdue U.S. premiere thanks to American Bach Soloists. More about American Bach Soloists »
Opera REVIEW
 Merola Opera Program  Merola Shines in <em>Don Pasquale</em>
August 11, 2015
Merola does it again with the excellent Don Pasquale, but the production deserved more than just two performances. More about Merola Opera Program »
Opera REVIEW
   Jennifer Higdon’s ‘Cold Mountain’ Has World Premiere at Santa Fe Opera
August 4, 2015
Santa Fe Opera has another successful launch of a new work thanks to the work of composer Jennifer Higdon and librettist Gene Scheer. More »
Opera REVIEW
 West Edge Opera  Monteverdi’s Ulysses Returns to His Homeland — a Warehouse in Oakland
August 4, 2015
With its unique setting, a former steel pipe factory, West Edge Opera stays true to its marketing tagline of "unexpected places" for "remarkable operas." More about West Edge Opera »
Opera REVIEW
 West Edge Opera  West Edge’s Edgy <em>Lulu</em> Entertains and Challenges
July 28, 2015
West Edge Opera’s full-out production embraced the hedonistic sexuality and the depravity of Alban Berg’s masterpiece. More about West Edge Opera »
Opera REVIEW
 West Edge Opera  One Life Divided in West Edge Opera’s <em>As One</em>
July 28, 2015
The chamber opera follows the transition of a transgender person to womanhood, sung simultaneously by baritone Dan Kempson and mezzo-soprano Brenda Patterson. More about West Edge Opera »
Opera REVIEW
 Merola Opera Program  Menotti’s <em>The Medium</em> Shows Power in Silence
July 27, 2015
The Merola Opera Program pairs a quiet take on Gian Carlo Menotti’s haunting short opera with a loud performance of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. More about Merola Opera Program »
Opera REVIEW
 Festival Opera  The Show Must Go On for Festival Opera’s <em>Ariadne</em>
July 13, 2015
Festival Opera makes a comeback with its contemporary production of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. More about Festival Opera »
Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Stemme Shines in Lukewarm SFS <em>Fidelio</em>
June 26, 2015

A transfixing performance by the dramatic soprano and great work from the chorus were the selling points for the Symphony's cap to the Beethoven Festival.

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