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!

 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Philharmonia Baroque Seals a Delightful "Contract"
April 20, 2015
The period-instrument ensemble joins forces with fellows from the San Francisco Opera Center’s Adler Fellowship program to perform the Rossini opera. More about Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra »
 West Edge Opera  Donizetti’s Poliuto Stands Tall in West Edge Performance
April 7, 2015

A well-played revival makes a convincing case for a rare opera.

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 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  All-American <em>L'Elisir</em> Charms at S.F. Conservatory
April 7, 2015

Donizetti's buoyant comedy was transposed to 1950s America in Jose Maria Condemi's staging for Conservatory Opera Theatre.

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 Livermore Valley Opera  A Powerhouse <em>Lucia</em> at Livermore Valley Opera
March 24, 2015
Clear direction and fantastic singing make for a memorable performance of the tragic Italian opera. More about Livermore Valley Opera »
 Oberlin Conservatory of Music  Oberlin’s <em>La finta giardiniera</em> Goes Down the Rabbit Hole
March 20, 2015
The cast, mostly made up of bunnies, delivered spectacle with a rare irreverence that was delightful to behold. A review from SFCV's Emerging Writer Program. More about Oberlin Conservatory of Music »
 Island City Opera  Island City Opera Proves Its Worth
March 10, 2015

In the second production of its inaugural season, Eileen Meredith's company delivered a well-cast double bill.

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 Los Angeles Philharmonic  An Exciting Alice in Wonderland Opera
March 3, 2015

Netia Jones, David Henry Hwang, and composer Unsuk Chin combined to make L.A. Philharmonic's Alice a theatrical thrill ride.

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 Cal Performances  Love Rules All in Graham Recital
March 3, 2015

Mezzo Susan Graham was inspiring in an afternoon of art songs about romantic love.

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 Opera Parallèle  Opera Parallele Does Right By <em>Dead Man Walking</em>
February 23, 2015

The small company comes up trumps with a compelling production of the modern-day masterpiece.

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 West Bay Opera  A Lively <em>Seraglio</em> from West Bay Opera
February 16, 2015

The Palo Alto-based company offers up a mostly pleasing, musically erratic Abduction from the Seraglio

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