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
June 6, 2017

The success of this summer “reboot” hinges on the music, not the production.

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Opera Review
June 2, 2017

The baritone created something special out of a shopworn production.

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Opera Review
May 29, 2017

Strauss’s complex, modern opera is lifted by strong performances on stage and in the pit.

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Opera Review
May 29, 2017

Philip Glass’s beautiful dance-opera adaptation of a thorny Jean Cocteau theme gets the first-rate production and performance it deserves.

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Opera Review
May 2, 2017

Decades of imagining and four years of “construction” culminate in a splendid production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera-ballet.

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Opera Review
April 11, 2017

Clever, casual staging showcases the best of the mezzo and bass in their Schwabacher Debut recital.

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Opera Review
April 10, 2017

First-rate performances and production values made for an afternoon of quality opera with no apologies.

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Opera Review
March 14, 2017

Long Beach Opera’s The Perfect American examines the life of the visionary animator.

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Opera Review
March 14, 2017

A rare performance by the Italian soprano delivers Poulenc’s monodrama of misery and longing.

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Opera Review
March 7, 2017

A gentle comic take on Cervantes’ famous novel, with a lovely score.

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