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
October 21, 2016

It’s hard to come to grips with the new opera presented by L.A. Opera, which may be part of the point.

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Opera Review
October 18, 2016

The ambitious company’s production had lively acting and singing, but a few misfires in the orchestra pit.

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Opera Review
October 18, 2016

Pitch-perfect performances and stark, elegant staging deliver an emotional wallop in this must-see production.

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Opera Review
September 30, 2016

The Italian bass-baritone delivers an opera buffa performance for the ages.

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Opera Review
September 27, 2016

Solid performances highlight a streamlined production that emphasizes contemporary themes in the Weimar-era opera.

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Opera Review
September 20, 2016

Superb performances animated this traditional staging of Donizetti’s classic.

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Opera Review
September 13, 2016

Golden Gate Park glows with great performances that outshine the fog and chill.

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Opera Review
September 12, 2016

S.F. Opera’s new commission transcends its limitations with sumptuous staging and beguiling performances.

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Opera Review
September 12, 2016

Many things were right about the new production that opened S.F. Opera’s season, but the debuting romantic leads disappointed.

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Opera Review
August 22, 2016

The future of opera is in good hands and magnificent voices, as demonstrated by 23 great young performers.

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