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
 West Bay Opera  Not a Dull Moment in West Bay Opera’s Dystopian <em>Faust</em>
May 25, 2015
The ambitious production overcomes what appeared to be opening night jitters with its fantastic cast. More about West Bay Opera »
Opera REVIEW
 Oakland East Bay Symphony  Oakland East Bay Symphony Ends Season With Cheeky <em>Candide</em>
May 18, 2015
The symphony closes out the season with Leonard Bernstein’s comic operetta. More about Oakland East Bay Symphony »
Opera REVIEW
 Opera Parallèle  Opera Parallele Shines a Light on Heart of Darkness
May 4, 2015
A new chamber opera by Tarik O'Regan shows the continuing power of Conrad's story, despite some flaws. More about Opera Parallèle »
Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  John Eliot Gardiner Works His Magic in <em>L’Orfeo</em>
April 29, 2015
It was a delight to see conductor and musicians alike perform Monteverdi’s 1607 “favola in musica.” More about San Francisco Symphony »
Opera REVIEW
 Los Angeles Opera  Hercules vs. Vampires? “It’s Greek to Me”
April 25, 2015
Patrick Morganelli’s operatic adaptation of the B-movie turns Italio-Grecian kitsch into modern American opera. More about Los Angeles Opera »
Opera REVIEW
 Opera San José  Droll <em>Magic Flute</em> Casts Spell at Opera San Jose
April 21, 2015
For the last production of its season, OSJ has hit the mark. More about Opera San José »
Opera REVIEW
 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 »
Opera REVIEW
 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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Opera REVIEW
 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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Opera REVIEW
 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 »