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
 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 »
Opera REVIEW
 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 »
Opera REVIEW
 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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Opera REVIEW
 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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Opera REVIEW
 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 REVIEW
 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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Opera REVIEW
 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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Opera REVIEW
 Opera San José  <em>Where Angels Fear to Tread</em> Loses Its Way
February 11, 2015

Mark Lanz Weiser's opera, at Opera San Jose, misses the mark

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Opera REVIEW
 Los Angeles Opera  <em>Ghosts of Versailles</em> Back From the Dead
February 10, 2015

Los Angeles Opera breathes new life into John Corigliano’s brilliant, if overlong, opera.

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Opera REVIEW
 American Bach Soloists  American Bach Soloists and the Enduring Charm of <em>Acis and Galatea</em>
January 29, 2015

ABS did a terrific job with the most winning of Handel’s theater works, introducing a fine soprano in the process.

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