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 Opera S.F. Opera Simulcast at AT&T Ballpark <em>Traviata</em> Second Cast Home Run
July 12, 2014

An AT&T Park crowd, gathered for S.F. Opera’s simulcast of La traviata was treated to a fine, all-American cast that revivified the production.

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Opera REVIEW
 Merola Opera Program  Merola Heroics Save <em>Streetcar</em> from Derailing
July 12, 2014

The Merola presentation of A Streetcar Named Desire is a triumph for the singers despite the odds stacked against them.

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Opera REVIEW
  Opera Parallèle New Opera: Documentary or Work of Art?
June 20, 2014

Opera Parallèle's Anya17 packs a wallop, ripped from today's headlines it features a fascinatingly varied score, splendid musical direction, high production values, and an excellent cast.

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Opera REVIEW
 Cal Performances Ojai North Re-Composing Classical: Beach Blanket Beethoven, et al.
June 20, 2014

The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts) is a hit, with a libretto by Jeremy Denk, Steven Stucky’s savvy pastiches, conducting by Rovert Spano, deft orchestrations for an ensemble of 40 musicians, and singing by eight superb professionals.

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Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  The Tragedy of <em>Butterfly</em>
June 15, 2014

More than one tragedy unfolded in the S.F. Opera's Madama Butterfly, but the production and direction transcended all to show opera at its finest.

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Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  <em>La traviata</em>: The Fallen Woman Rises Again
June 11, 2014

SFO’s current La traviata, the first in five years, is the Company’s sixth consecutive mounting of John Copley’s attractive, albeit traditional 17-year old production.

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Opera REVIEW
 Pocket Opera  Local Diva Makes Her Local Debut with Pocket Opera
June 8, 2014

Donald Pippin's Pocket Opera found a real jewel in Rabihah Davis Dunn, who made her Northern California debut as Leila in Bizet's The Pearl Fishers.

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Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera   <em>Show Boat</em>'s Mixed Crossing
June 1, 2014

In its crossing from Broadway to opera house, the S.F. Opera Show Boat, in many ways a natural cross-over vehicle, shows some strain.

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Opera REVIEW
 West Bay Opera  This <em>Magic Flute</em> Lives Up to Its Name
May 23, 2014

The West Bay Opera's Magic Flute list of joys is long, a cumulative accomplishment of production, casting, and intention.

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Opera REVIEW
 West Edge Opera  A Rare Encounter With an Arresting <em>Aroldo</em>
May 4, 2014

The pulse of the West Edge Opera's Aroldo may have been a bit uneven, but there was no doubt that the opera is Verdi’s living, breathing, creation worthy of a live encounter.

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