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
August 5, 2017

Stellar ensemble work and strong vocal performances make magic with Rossini’s fairy tale.

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Opera Review
July 24, 2017

The rave is in: Mason Bates’s first opera is a (re)sounding success, one that deserves permanent repertory status.

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Opera Review
July 23, 2017

Three diverse one-acts gave Merola’s singers a chance to strut their stuff.

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Opera Review
July 18, 2017

Donald Pippin’s rhymed libretto in English brings the opera’s charming lyrics to the fore.

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Opera Review
July 9, 2017

Confident performances abounded in the Merola Program’s Schwabacher Summer Concert.

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Opera Review
June 13, 2017

A festive cavalcade of opera talent pitches in to fete the venerable training program.

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Opera Review
June 13, 2017

S.F. Opera unveils a revival with spotty singing, less effective acting.

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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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