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
 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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 San Francisco Opera  <em>Figaro</em> Charms in Well-Cast S.F. Opera Revival
June 16, 2015
Mozart's brilliant opera provided needed comic relief at the War Memorial Opera House. More about San Francisco Opera »
Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  <em>La Ciociara</em>: Old Before Its Time
June 15, 2015
The premiere of Marco Tutino's new opera delivered neo-Puccini without the punch or musical power. More about San Francisco Opera »
Opera REVIEW
 Los Angeles Opera  Operapocalypse Now!
June 12, 2015
Dog Days takes Los Angeles Opera into the heart of post-apocalyptic darkness. More about Los Angeles Opera »
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 San Francisco Opera  S.F. Opera Conquers The Trojans
June 9, 2015

Berlioz’s grandest of grand operas makes it to the War Memorial Opera House in a production that scores points on every level.

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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 »
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 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 »